As many of you know, the internet has changed the game of cheating. Although it has made cheating easier, it has also made getting caught easier. Just like there are different kinds of cheaters, I also think there are different types of online affairs. So while this post won’t answer the age-old question of why did he cheat?, it will shed some light into the world of online affairs—something many women who visit this site can understand all too well.
Facebook cheating: This is the type of cheating where a husband “friends” an old flame, or a potential flame that never caught fire. What typically happens is that one or both parties is typically interested in something other than just being Facebook friends. They start chatting, then migrate to exchange numbers, and the next thing you know, you have a cheating husband.
Craigslist cheating: This one is a little more advanced, and usually happens with a husband who is openly looking to have an affair. In this form of cheating, a husband usually posts ads on craigslist or similar sites for sexual encounters with women, or searches for ads put up by women looking to have sexual encounters with men. Unlike some forms of online cheating that happen unintentionally, this form is very intentional.
eHarmony/Match.com cheating: Husbands looking to cheat will often join one of these sites or another like it, which are meant for single people looking to find love. They’ll then make a profile page that lists their status as “single” and displays a picture of them from several years ago. These sites are based on a really good concept—matching people up for dates based on their personalities. In fact, I have met several people who went on to marry someone they found using these services. Unfortunately, like any good thing, people can take advantage of online dating services to cheat.
Porno hubby: This kind of cheater is a husband who is addicted to porn sites. He thinks he can control the addiction, but like any addiction, the need grows. Soon enough, they’re trying to live out what they see online by trying to hook up with women for sex or calling prostitutes.
Chat room cheating: Believe it or now, chat rooms, that staple of internet life during the 1990s and early 2000s, are still alive and doing well—and being used by husbands looking to cheat. Often, men will meet a woman in a chat room, like the interaction, and just like we’ve seen with other online cheaters, will want to play out the fantasy that they have typed out. This is where weekend hotel stays come into play.
AshelyMadison.com: This is a site where married people who want to cheat can go to meet other lying, sneaky, disrespectful partners who would also love to cheat behind their partners’ backs. What has the world come to when a site like this has over 14 million members?!
I am sure there are other methods of cheating online; I just wanted to list the most popular types so that women reading this can recognize what type their husband engaged in and not feel so alone. The thing that makes online affairs so attractive is being able to hide behind the anonymity of the internet. But as most women who have had cheating husbands know, what you do in the dark eventually comes to light.