They are also perceived to involve a lesser degree of betrayal, as they involve more imaginary elements and the degree of neglecting the partner's interests may be lesser.
In some circumstances, cybersex may in fact help a person through a rough period in an offline, loving relationship.
In such situations, cybersex may even be advisable—but still regarded as cheating.
One way of reducing the weight of these difficulties is to distance the online affair from offline circumstances—for example, by refraining from exchanging personal, actual details or by imposing other limitations on the online affair.
Thus, people may agree not to develop a relationship, permitting themselves only virtual one-night stands, or an uncommitted affair, or a promise with a partner to tell each other about each online affair.
In other words, a way to play out fantasies in a safe environment.
Other people are willing to concede that cybersex without the knowledge of their partner, ; nevertheless, some still maintain it's a type of "OK" cheating.He told one girl: 'If you don't show me, then I will put photos of you online and make it go viral.'Meharry met three of his victims in person and performed sex acts with them.One of his victims, aged 14 when abused, told the plea hearing she blamed herself and now suffered post traumatic stress.'I've never been made to feel so belittled or ashamed by anyone.As one woman in a committed relationship remarks about her online sexual affairs: "I've had this discussion with my boyfriend and we both agree that as long as it's not with the same person more than twice, it is really masturbation.It's like reading an erotic story and masturbating to it.The fact that most of these affairs are concealed from offline spouses is indicative of the possible harm.