Wednesday, February 1, 2012
USA Today recently published an article citing free sexting as a gateway to cheating. The article discussed that the Internet has yet been means to meet potential candidates for extra-marital or two-timing affairs. The power of social media has made it possible to reconnect with old friends, and even ex-flames.
An exchange of even a few flirtatious words or revealing sexy photos can heat things up. The communication may be a precursor to sneaky meetings, which couples seek to release the stress from all that flirtatious buildup.
However, it could be argued that online flirting and sexting could also be helpful for couples. Sure, former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner may be a scumbag, but in reality, he claims to not having extra-marital sex. In fact, he allegedly has never touched another woman.
Some people say Weiner cheated because, after all, he got turned on by another woman. And it was only a matter of time before he crossed the line and walk over to full-on cheating after his free sexting activities. But what if these sexting activities were enough to satisfy his need for other women? Is it possible that the digital age allows people who may have cheated many years ago to satisfy their lustful needs? Former Representative Weiner’s actions must not be condoned, but you can’t help but think that he didn’t touch another woman. So is virtual cheating qualified as cheating in general?
The article’s stance on cheaters finding a way even with the absence of technology can be deemed agreeable, and technology is just one of the many tools to make things easier for cheaters. Case in point: Henry VIII did have six wives at one time without the help of mobile phones or the Internet. If all the conveniences of technology were available back in his day, he probably had six times more wives and countless mistresses.
Cheaters will always, under any circumstances, employ methods to meet the people they desire and make their urge to stray happen. However, in my opinion, technology and the Internet do not transform a non-cheater into a cheater.