Unfortunately, in the Orthodox community, online affairs provide a convenient and inconspicuous cover, whereby someone who would not usually be seen in public committing an aveira will now do so in the privacy of their office or on their cell phone.
Worse, I have heard of cases where an Internet or cyber affair was easily initiated and conducted from the privacy of the cheater’s home, with their unsuspecting spouse in the same room, oblivious to what was going on.
But the fact that a physical relationship hasn’t occurred does not mean that cyber affairs are not “real affairs.” I believe that they pose even more of a threat to a marriage or relationship than physical infidelity, because emotions are involved. Online cheating occurs when two people participate in online communication that is outside the scope of appropriate behavior, even if they haven’t met in real life.
According to recent studies, it doesn’t necessarily involve physical relationship but it usually leads to physical cheating.
I now believe that an epidemic of online infidelity may be causing the breakup of countless Jewish marriages.
), my main point here is the vaiberish stuff going on amongst us girls/women.
Online infidelity may be the next upcoming challenge facing the Orthodox world.
In the last 12 months, I have seen 11 Orthodox couples where one spouse has reported an online affair that has caused serious distress in their marriage.
Communicating intimately with someone other than your spouse is considered betrayal.
Online affairs should be treated as seriously as physical affairs, because that’s how many of them eventually end up.