on the Internet and American Suburbia
online is Adultery."
from La Stampa, a popular Italian newspaper
"My wife doesnt care if I have relationships
(even sexual) on the Internet. Its like its
not real ...I can get away with it. But, Im sure
shed get upset if we were to meet for a drink
Anonymous Dateable.com Survey Respondent
41-year old married male from Oklahoma City
A recent survey by Dateable.com, one of the first Internet
romance communities, has revealed the results from a
four-month survey of Internet sex and morality. The
bottom line: You can talk, but you cant look.
picked a good time to release these results. The Italian
public is having the same debate this week. A recent
poll of Italians, where 97% of the population is Roman
Catholic, said that 40% of Italian women interviewed
said they feared that "their husbands might find a woman
more fascinating than them while surfing the Web."
do Americans compare?
Dateable.com visitors were asked where they would draw
the line when their significant other commits cyber-contact
with a member of the opposite sex, their responses were
a little surprising.
to the survey, conducted by Dateable.com in the first
half of 2000, here is what IS OK:
of their viewers stated that it IS OK to reply to
an instant message or ICQ.
same percent of viewers even went as far as to say
it IS OK to have an online IM or ICQ conversation
with a member of the opposite sex whom they dont
astonishing 75.2% of their visitors stated that it
IS OK for their significant other to visit an adult
heres whats NOT OK:
exchange. 54% of Dateable.coms visitors say
it is NOT OK to exchange photos with a person of the
opposite sex whom they dont know.
visitors polled that it is NOT OK for their significant
other to participate in an adult one-on-one online
video conversation with a member of the opposite sex
whom they dont know.
of Dateable.coms visitors feel that it is NOT
OK for their significant other to give his or her
phone number to a member of the opposite sex whom
they do not know, but met online.
knows the true number of extra-marital affairs occurring
online, but Elizabeth Field, founder of Infidelitybusters.com,
said she knows increasing numbers of people who have
been burned by this kind of cheating. "To me, it's a
sign of the times ... I don't agree with (cyber-cheating)
at all," said Field. Want
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