COLUMBIA NEWS SERVICE -- Jan 15 -- Many people in committed relationships aren't aware that an emotional (online) affair can be equally as intense and destructive as a physical affair. According to a national survey, 15% of married women and 25% of married men have engaged in sexual affairs. When emotional affairs are included, the number of affairs increases by 20%, according to the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. The increasing use and availability of the Internet has created even greater opportunity for non-physical closeness, according to marriage counselors and experts on gender relations. 'Men usually recognize an affair only if it becomes sexual,' said John Gray. 'Since women connect love with emotional support, they generally feel more threatened by emotional affairs.'
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Mark Brooks: So is emotional infidelity a wholly bad thing, or could it actually help an aging ailing marriage in some way? Your comments please.