Two psychologists warn that online affairs are increasing, thanks to the effects of pandemic. They say the daily stress of it, plus the significantly increased time with your partner (which makes him or her seem less special… and there’s no “chase”…) is driving some people to apps – where they will meet candidates for “hookups.”
What’s more: There is less actual interaction with co-workers or business trips, less likelihood of running into an “old flame,” these days. So, the seeking-something-sexy-for-a-minute has moved more online.
But there are ways to prevent this from happening in your home. First, know the risks. Specifically, there are eight which psychologists point to, at YourTango.
Heitler and her fellow experts recommend THESE 3 PROTECTIONS:
**Be savvy, not naive. Stay clear of situations with any of the above risk factors. Exit early from situations that trigger initial sexual feelings. If you must continue to interact with a high-risk individual or in a high-risk situation, protect yourself.
**Limit the time you spend with the at-risk other, and maybe bring a friend or colleague along to keep the dialogue less personal. Meet in public places. Stay clear of talk about personal issues and save the alcohol for enjoying with a same-sex set of friends or at home with your spouse.
**Discuss your concerns with the one you love to bolster your resistance. Listen appreciatively if your loved one shares concerns about a potential affair with you. Honesty really is generally the best policy. Working as a team to keep your love safe benefits you both.