While a lot of work at home jobs are phone-based, the Internet has opened up a new breed of customer service that does not require being on the phone.In fact, live customer service chat is becoming more and more popular everyday.More often than not, people did not want to converse on the phone (which I totally get), so I would have to deal with their anger, irritation, and lots of hang ups. After college, I worked for Medicaid doing prior authorization for nursing visits and home medical equipment.Again I was on the phone for long periods of time dealing with disgruntled providers — no fun!The growth in steamy chat room conversations and cybersex also has triggered a rethinking of the meaning of infidelity.
“Women are supposed to be the nurturers and the matriarchs in our society.” Due to the secretive nature of online affairs, reliable statistics are hard to find, but a 2005 study of 1,828 Web users in Sweden offers evidence about the prevalence of cybersex and online affairs. A 2008 Australian study offers more insight into Internet affairs. More than half of the respondents believed an online relationship constituted unfaithfulness, with the numbers climbing to 71 percent for cybersex and 82 percent for in-person meetings.Several studies suggest that even when there is no in-person contact, online affairs can be just as devastating as the real-world variety, triggering feelings of insecurity, anger and jealousy.Women usually feel more threatened by the emotional betrayal of a partner’s online affair, while men are more concerned about physical encounters, Hertlein says, but the gender differences are lessening.“It starts in the home, which is very different than most affairs.It starts right under your roof,” says Elaine Ducharme, Ph D, a psychologist in Glastonbury, Conn., who specializes in cybersex addictions.