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Belle Yambao, Contributor
June 13, 2011

Are Internet relationships a form of cheating?

A US politician publicly apologizes for having explicit chats on the Internet. If you caught your partner doing the same thing, would you consider it as double-timing? Take our poll! By Belle Yambao
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screencap_internet_poll.jpgNews spread worldwide when a 21-year-old college student received a lewd photo of New York Rep. Anthony Weiner from his Twitter account. After claiming his account got hacked, the representative called a press conference a week later to tell the truth and publicly apologize for his wrongdoings. reports that besides sending explicit pictures, the married politician also admitted to having "inappropriate conversations conducted over Twitter, Facebook, e-mail and occasionally on the phone" with women online, although he claims not to have seen any of them in person.

According to Maribel Sison Dionisio, a relationship and parenting expert featured on news program Bandila, having relationships through social networking and texting despite already having a partner is definitely possible, thanks to the hi-tech age we live in. "It's called emotional infidelity. Merong magkaibigan lang sila. Nag-uusap, spending time, enjoying each other's company. At saka yung kasayahan mo nalilipat na dito sa bagong tao. (There are those who are just friends. Some talk, spend time together, and enjoy each other's company. What could have been your happiness gets transferred to this new person.)"

How about you, FNites? Do you think of Internet relationships as cheating? Take our poll!

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Poll Question:
Are Internet relationships a form of cheating?
  1. Yes, of course! No matter what avenue is used, cheating is still cheating.
  2. Yes. Even if it's not physical infidelity, it's emotional cheating! You're giving time and affection to someone you should be giving to your partner.
  3. No way! As long as no one actually meets up and engages in anything, I don't consider it cheating.
  4. No, but if extracurricular activities online make someone stop spending time with his or her partner, then I might reconsider this point.
  5. I don't know. For me, the issue here isn't the cheating. It's that the Internet needs to be regulated better so that such incidents won't even have the chance of happening.
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  • Mr.Punch Jun 14 2011 @ 04:31am Report Abuse
    I can't understand why this question is actually being asked and put to a vote. It's pretty obvious that it IS cheating and it cannot possibly be open to any other interpretation.
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  • linda Jun 14 2011 @ 01:04pm Report Abuse
    Saw this on Bandila. They asked others what they thought too. Can't believe some people actually don't look at this as cheating.

    @Mr.Punch Think the question is in gneral. Not about the politician. Though I agree with you.
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