Many of them believe cybersex to be similar to pornography—an extension of fantasy that actually helps to keep them from physical affairs with other people.
These were: 'intelligent' people (actions serve both personal and social interests), 'helpless or naive' (loss for self, but gain for others), 'bandits' (benefit themselves, but not others), and 'stupid' (actions produce a loss for everyone).
The model, involving a parliament made up of two parties, had 500 individuals who could each propose and vote for or against acts.
But like Mr Leigh, she is not persuaded by Dr Pluchino and colleagues' categories of individuals in parliament.
She says these categories may exist in adversarial parliamentary systems, but not when there is a proper deliberation."There is a very dramatic shift at a point in the deliberative environment when people shift from self interest to public interest," says Professor Carson.
In such situations, cybersex may even be advisable—but still regarded as cheating.
As a 29-year-old married woman who often engages in cybersex, says: When people feel trapped by their current circumstances, but still do not want to ruin their relationship, cyberspace may offer a parallel world in which things are better.In reality, though, the issue of online cheating is more complex—especially when it concerns sexual activities involving actual interaction with other individuals.People, consciously or not, consider their online sexual relationships as real—they experience psychological states similar to those typically elicited by offline relationships.She says random selection is used to ensure fairness in a diverse range of areas from the allocation of the US Green Card to social housing in Ireland."We do it because it's fair. "It doesn't make sense to exclude parliaments from that."She says good democratic deliberation is restricted by the homogeneity of politicians, and random selection would help tap into the "wisdom of the crowd".Professor Carson says even representatives who don't know much have an important role to play."They'll be asking really naive questions or playing the devil's advocate," she says.Other people are willing to concede that cybersex without the knowledge of their partner, ; nevertheless, some still maintain it's a type of "OK" cheating.