The Ripple Effect
Cheating can have a ripple effect, damaging the relationships of those close to the betrayed individual. Infidelity can also damage external relationships, as the betrayed person may struggle to trust again, and the guilty person may struggle with guilt and shame. In one study, researchers found that with instances of secret infidelity, only about 20% of couples were still married after 5 years (Teater). According to Professor Nicholas Wolfinger, research from the past two decades shows that between 20 and 25 percent of married men cheat and between 10 and 15 percent of married women cheat (Miller).
In today's digital age, temptations are more prevalent than ever before. Since anyone with a smart device and access to the internet can access explicit content on the web or in apps, anyone can be drawn into it. Regardless of the intensity of the betrayal, it can be difficult to overcome and may take years of patient work in order to repair the relationship and build back trust. It is not stressed enough how important communication and trust in any relationship truly are. In order to preserve a relationship and prevent any harm from being caused, especially to each other, couples need to consider the potential damage these impulsive actions can create before it is too late.