October 5, 2009

Researcher to study cheating on the Web

A marriage and family researcher says it's difficult to find people to talk about infidelity -- even in Las Vegas.

Cheaters are not inclined to discuss their affairs, even if they're bribed, said Katherine Hertlein, an assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Hertlein offered $25 Amazon gift certificates to people if they would anonymously answer questions about infidelity in a phone interview.

That met with limited success, as did putting cards seeking participants inside free sex magazines and handing out cards at swingers clubs, the airport and even shady motels and hospitals, The Las Vegas Sun reported.

Hertlein now has decided to specialize in Internet infidelity, which may prove even more difficult to study than traditional face-to-face infidelity, she told the Sun.

The Web, like Las Vegas and its easily available sex, makes relationships more vulnerable to affairs because participants can be even more anonymous, Hertlein said, apparently undaunted by the research ahead of her.