What? A recent Globe and Mail article explores the idea that society is at a cultural tipping point of rethinking infidelity. As opportunity proliferates (hookup sites, cybersex, digital porn) and in the context of a longer life expectancies, some specialists are calling on couples to get more realistic about the viability of long-term monogamy. As approximately 63% of men and 45% of women reported having been unfaithful at least once (according to an international study published in 2004), researchers are exploring new approaches for couples, such as using infidelity to understand and improve relations instead of seeing it as a betrayal.
So what? Given that divorce generally raises the level of precariousness for one or both partners and that difficult separations can be painful for children, a rethinking of this issue could lead to more peaceful separations, to more tolerant couple relationships, or to a society of more “open” relationships (like polyamory, etc.). A future associated trend could be sunset-clause marriage contracts. In addition, the development of telepresence may change the nature of couple and family relationships.
Source: The Globe and Mail - The truth about infidelity: Why researchers say it’s time to rethink cheating