Small Survey Finds Women Believe Social Media Reduces Barriers for Extramarital Affairs

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), pay attention: According to the iVillage Infidelity Poll, 66 percent of single women and 48 percent of married women who participated believe “sexting” causes major relationship issues.

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), pay attention: According to the iVillage Infidelity Poll, 66 percent of single women and 48 percent of married women who participated believe “sexting” causes major relationship issues.

Social media didn’t escape the survey of 338 women who were recruited by iVillage to take part June 8-10, as 82 percent of respondents believe social media has made extramarital affairs easier to enter, and 80 percent agreeing that the same sites make getting caught more likely.

Other findings reported by iVillage: 85 percent of single women would not forgive a sexual relationship their partner had with another woman, versus 70 percent of married women; one in 10 married women might forgive their husband if they fathered a child out of wedlock; and six out of 10 women today would choose to end their marriage due to infidelity, because the social stigma of divorce is not as drastic as in the past.

iVillage chief correspondent Kelly Wallace said:

Social networking has completely changed the landscape of infidelity, creating the possibility for an extramarital affair to be just a few keystrokes away. Human connection on the Web has become so much more personal that cyber flirting and “sexting” can be considered cheating. Surprisingly, in the iVillage Infidelity Poll, we found that single women, who presumably have less invested in their relationships than their married peers, are actually less likely to forgive sexting with another woman, proving that it’s being taken seriously.