The effect of newly emerging media (internet, satellite television and cell phone) on the emotional infidelity of the couples and its related factors

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Research Center, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

2 Ph.D. student of psychology, Islamic Azad University, Bojnord Branch, Bojnord, Khorasan, Iran

3 Ph.D. student of psychology, Islamic Azad University, Torbat-Heydarieh Branch, Young Researchers and Elite Club, Torbat-Heydarieh, Khorasan, Iran

4 Counseling expert, Behbahan Faculty of Medical Sciences, Behbahan, Iran


Introduction: The marital infidelity can be considered as a shocking issue for most couples and families while it is a common phenomenon for marriage and family therapists. Although the relationship with someone other than the partner may be physical or emotional, the ultimate result is that the time spent between one of the couple and someone outside of the marital relationship may be a serious problem for couples.
Materials and Methods: This is a descriptive survey study where 120 married individuals in different regions of Torbat-Heydarieh were selected using available sampling method. In order to collect data, two questionnaires were used; the attitude towards research questionnaire and the positive feelings toward spouse.
Results:It was found a negative significant relationship at level 0.05 between the education, the familiarity before marriage, the love before marriage and emotional infidelity. The results of the present study suggested that the use of newly emerging media such as satellite television have a significant effect on decreased sexual desire, as well as sexual satisfaction. Therefore, those families that used satellite television more frequently had poor emotional relationship.
Conclusion: It seems that newly emerging media have a negative effect on sexual desire, as well as sexual satisfaction and emotional relationship between couples.