Protect Your Relationship from Online Infidelity
by Hazel Lorraine
published October 28, 2011
rating: (22 Ratings)
4 ways to be happy offline
There is no doubt that the internet has made it easier to be unfaithful, as you can connect with virtually anyone at anytime. Are you worried that your sweetheart might give into the temptation of a cyber affair? Here are four ways to protect your relationship from online infidelity.
Communicate with your partner
Talk to your partner and ask each other to define online infidelity in your own words. It’s important to distinguish what is and isn’t online cheating. Both of you should discuss these questions: “Is chatting online with someone from the opposite sex harmless?” “What are your feelings towards an emotional affair?”
Be open to each other about online friendships
It’s perfectly fine to have online friendships on Facebook and other social networks, but you should be able to openly talk about these friends with your partner. Let’s say that your beau questions you about a friend that you’re chatting with, you should be able to tell your partner how you know this friend and what reasons why you still keep in touch. By communicating with each other about whom you are connected with on the internet, it builds trust in a relationship because you’re both well-informed about who your online friends are.
Chat with people you know
Sometimes people chat online with strangers as a way to deal with boredom. This should be avoided at all costs. You and your partner should make a list of subjects that you both feel are acceptable when chatting online. It’s probably better to stick to people whom know and are familiar with. And needless to say, it’s not a good idea to exchange sexual fantasies online.
Spend less time online and more time together
As a couple, try to reinvest the time you spend online into your relationship. Set up activities that you can do together that you both enjoy. Go to the movies, meet with friends, cook dinner together, attend a concert, or go for a romantic stroll through the park. Think of hobbies that you have in common and do them together. Not too sure how to bring it up with your sweetheart? Say something like this, “I think we are spending a lot of time online. I’d like to spend more time away from the computer. What activities can we do together?”
At the end of the day, online infidelity can ruin your relationship. There is ultimately temptation everywhere you look—both online and off. But as a couple, if you have trust, love, and respect, you won’t feel the need to cheat.
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