A romantic affair, also called an affair of the heart, may refer to sexual liaisons among unwed or wedded parties, or to various forms of nonmonogamy.
Unlike a casual relationship, which is a physical and emotional relationship between two people who may have sex without expecting a more formal romantic relationship, an affair is by its nature romantic.
But alongside the myriad sites for singletons in search of love, another more controversial breed of dating site has cropped up: extra-marital affair websites, specifically targeted at married people who want a relationship on the side. Another big player, Illicitencounters.com, has been running since 2003 and now has over 610,000 members across the UK & Ireland. But in terms of active members (that’s people who have logged into the site in the last month and sent at least one message), women outnumber men by 3 to 1.
Penny was interested in finding out more, partly because her second husband had done something that spoiled the trust between them.“My husband made a mistake,” Penny explains, refusing to disclose what this mistake was.Affair may also describe part of an agreement within an open marriage or open relationship, such as Swinging, dating, or polyamory, in which some forms of sex with one's non-primary partner(s) are permitted and other forms are not.Participants in open relationships, including unmarried couples and polyamorous families, may consider sanctioned affairs the norm, but when a non-sanctioned affair occurs, it is described as infidelity and may be experienced as adultery, or a betrayal both of trust and integrity, even though to most people it would not be considered "illicit".However, they are also close to each other since they share intimate information.In online affairs, people try to enjoy the benefits of both close and remote affairs, while avoiding their flaws.