Online infidelity in Internet chat rooms: an ethnographic exploration

  title={Online infidelity in Internet chat rooms: an ethnographic exploration},
  author={Beatriz Lia Avila Mileham},
  journal={Comput. Hum. Behav.},
Abstract Internet chat rooms have introduced unprecedented dynamics into marital relationships: never in history has it been so easy to enjoy both the stability of marriage and the thrills of the dating scene at the same time. This study examined the phenomenon of online infidelity in chat rooms, a process whereby individuals involved in a long-term committed relationship seek computer synchronous, interactive contact with opposite-sex members. The following factors were investigated: (a) what… 
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