Infidelity is steadily on the incline as morals and values continue to deteriorate globally. In an age where sexual freedom is the growing trend, infidelity is not only commonplace, but expected and accepted. If the act of infidelity has gained so much acceptance in the hearts and minds of people, then too, as a people, we should also embrace the far-reaching consequences of this infirmity. In this paper we will examine infidelity, its causes, its impact and its remedies.
a) Define and give two 2 examples of how the phenomenon may manifest itself in society
Infidelity can be defined as the act or fact of having a romantic or sexual relationship with someone other than one’s husband, wife, or partner (Merriam-Webster) . It is also referred to as cheating, adultery, or having an affair. Infidelity is the subjective feeling that one's partner has violated a set of rules or relationship norms and this violation results in feelings of sexual jealousy and rivalry (Leeker & Carlozzi, 2012). Infidelity is a violation of a couple’s assumed or stated contract regarding emotional and/or sexual exclusivity (Weeks et al., 2003).
Infidelity can be manifested in two ways; sexual infidelity an emotional infidelity. The distinction is made between these two types as they may take on different actions, but the results are the same. Infidelity on any level creates an atmosphere of hurt, anger and distrust. Emotional infidelity is the act of forming an emotional connection with someone of the opposite sex, other than one’s spouse or partner. This can take place by engaging in intimate conversations with the opposite sex or someone that one is attracted to. In today’s technologically advanced society, emotional infidelity may also take place electronically or online via social media, chat rooms, or on cellular phones. A friendship built in secret to someone who one is attracted to, will lead to eventual emotional connection.
Sexual infidelity occurs when...