Emotional and sexual infidelity offline and in cyberspace

Monica T. Whitty, Laura Lee Quigley

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

51 Citations (Scopus)


This study investigated how men and women perceive online and offline sexual and emotional infidelity. Undergraduates from a large university in Northern Ireland participated in the study. It was found that men, when forced to decide, were more upset by sexual infidelity and women by emotional infidelity. It was also found that men were more likely to believe that women have sex when in love and that women believe that men have sex even when they are not in love. It was not, however, found that either men or women believed that having cybersex implied the other was also in love or that being in love online implied they were having cybersex. These results are explained through a social-cognitive lens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-468
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Marital and Family Therapy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes

Cite this