Evolving social media is becoming infamous as a method to commit “virtual cheating” or to have an “emotional affair”. Recent events have made it very public just how harmful this type of behavior can be.
Social media can be very useful and Facebook alone is a good indicator of how extremely popular it is. It is a great asset to search out old friends, keep in touch with relatives or find others who share your interests. Many of us are also using social media to expand business opportunities and increase sales.
For the most part, social networking is beneficial for those who make use of it. However, it does present the temptation to carry some friendships established over social media to a more personal level. For some “sexting”, or sending sexy pictures of yourself to another, presents some sort of cheap thrill. Often these pictures become public and cause great harm to those who sent them.
Many single people are able to find others who share their interests and build relationships using social networks. Dating websites seem to be growing and if users take the proper precautions, provide a great service. If you are married though and abuse social sites, you are cheating on your spouse. Whether it is only emotional cheating or physical infidelity.
More businesses are realizing how much a presence on social media can improve their profits and many workers are now spending a good part of their work day promoting that service. Depending on the nature of the business, many of these contacts can be very frequent and it is only natural to develop friendships.
If your husband is in such a job, be cautious for warning signs of a possible emotional affair. Does he get cell phone calls he doesn’t want you to overhear? Is he constantly texting but doesn’t want you to read them? Does he not want you to see what is on his cell phone or laptop?
I’m not suggesting that you become paranoid but just be cautious and aware. If he starts acting nervous when he gets a call or seems guilty when on the Internet, maybe the two of you should discuss it to be sure that he is not getting into a bad situation.
To keep your mind at ease and prevent the temptation of Internet mischief, work with your husband to establish open communication with each other. Don’t just agree to openly communicate with each other but strive to talk on a regular basis about anything that may be causing doubt or friction between the two of you.
Another major agreement to prevent disharmony in your marriage is to be mindful and helpful of each other’s needs. Preventing problems in your marriage is much less painful than solving them and repairing the damage after.