‘Cyber Affairs’ Rupturing Long-Term Relationships
Marriage and Family Relationship Expert Cites Online “Cheating”
as Increasing Factor Behind Divorce and Break-ups
(NEWPORT BEACH, CA) With the rise of digital technology, access to whatever our hearts desire has become nearly instantaneous. It allows us to connect, for the cost of an Internet connection, with old friends and acquaintances – anytime and from virtually anywhere. While the positives are clear to see, a darker picture is starting to take shape: the rise of so-called ‘cyber affairs’.
So, what’s behind the growth of these digital dalliances? Author and speaker Tina Konkin, who has witnessed the phenomenon first-hand through her acclaimed Newport Beach, California-based counseling program, Relationship Lifeline, says one need to look no farther than interactions on social media or the worldwide web.
A 2010 survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) found that four out of five lawyers used evidence derived from social networking sites in divorce cases. In addition, it’s estimated that 1 in 5 divorces today have a direct correlation to amorous encounters and relationships cultivated online.
“The allure of cyber affairs for many is the minimal effort needed to engage,” said
Ms. Konkin. “More often than not, we’re seeing these cyber affairs stem from a reconnection with people in their past, where individuals are essentially transported back in time and start to form a romantic bond through past experiences they’ve shared. Unfortunately, I’ve experienced it myself.”
Another driver of digital infidelity: the casual attitude and easy access to pornography. According to a survey published in the Journal of the American Psychological Association, 86% of men are likely to click on Internet sex sites if given the opportunity. Furthermore, according to an AAML poll of 350 divorce attorneys, two-thirds reported that the Internet played a significant role in break-ups. More than half of those cases involved an excessive interest in online porn.
“The overwhelming number of pornographic websites and chat rooms have played a significant role in disrupting the exclusivity of human sexuality,” said Ms. Konkin. “The low barrier of entry allows individuals to get what they want, when they want it. It’s become Pandora’s Box.”
Although the conversation surrounding ‘cyber affairs’ may be uncomfortable for some, the world-renowned couples relationship expert maintains that such dialogue is necessary because of the threats they pose to long-term happiness and growth. By raising awareness around the issue, she hopes to be a catalyst for those conversations and help people recognize these online encounters for what they are – affairs.
About Relationship Lifeline
Founded in 1993 by Ron and Tina Konkin, Relationship Lifeline provides healing, hope, and transformation for marriages and family relationships. Through a series of condensed, engaging exercises, participants learn how to create positive, lasting change that repair and save breaking relationships.
Love, Sex, and Money presents Konkin’s nationally recognized R3 FACTOR–REVEAL, REWRITE and RENEW–that has worked for celebrity and everyday couples alike.
“We highly recommend this teaching for any couple that is in crisis, or that wants to take their relationship to the next level. It was a life-changing experience for us.”
— Shannon Tweed Simmons, actress; wife of Gene Simmons of KISS
“Whether your relationship is in crisis or stagnant, we highly recommend Tina Konkin for couples that want to explore the possibilities of taking their relationship to heights only previously dreamed possible.”
— Chynna Phillips, member of Wilson Phillips; and Billy Baldwin, actor
“Tina Konkin goes where angels fear to tread. The Konkins’ relationship seminars have been truly revolutionary and go straight to the heart of the matter. Change your heart and you will change your life.”
— Keith and Mary Hudson, evangelists; parents of singer/songwriter Katy Perry
NASHVILLE, Sept. 29, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — Author, relationship expert, conference speaker and marriage counselor to the stars, Tina Konkin, reveals the secrets to a happy and healthy marriage in her new book, Love, Sex and Money: The R3 Factor for Great Relationships (Emerge Publishing LLC, September 7th, 2017, ISBN-13: 9781943127559). She co-wrote the book with her late husband, Ron Konkin, co-founder of the widely successful Relationship Lifeline. With 20+ years of experience in coaching and counseling married couples, Tina Konkin helps heal the broken-hearted through her personal story of abuse and abandonment while laying out the essentials of her world-renowned R3 FACTOR.
Garnering the attention of national media, including The Today Show, Bravo, US Weekly and more, Konkin has a 90 percent success rate in keeping separated or divorcing couples together. Konkin’s R3 FACTOR, her proven system for restoring marriages in crisis, consists of a step-by-step process to REVEAL yesterday, REWRITE today and RENEW tomorrow. Thousands have attended her seminars, including iconic rock idol Gene Simmons from the band KISS; Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Orange County star Shannon Beador; and Chynna Phillips from the Grammy®-nominated group Wilson Phillips.
Love, Sex and Money: The R3 Factor for Great Relationships is available for purchase from Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Books Inc., ChristianBook.com and Amazon.com. For more information on Tina Konkin, visit: tinakonkin.com. To book Tina for an interview or appearance, email Nubia@TinaKonkin.com.
Tina Konkin is an internationally recognized author, relationship expert, counselor and conference speaker. As the co-founder and director of Relationship Lifeline, she has facilitated hundreds of seminars for youth, adults, couples and families for more than 30 years. Her new book, Love, Sex and Money: The R3 Factor for Great Relationships, released September 7, 2017. Follow Tina on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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