It means that hype surrounding the Ashley Madison hack is probably overblown. It is simple: Ashley Madison probably didn’t result in many actual affairs.
In the divorce context, most “bad” internet behavior involves a spouse viewing pornography or engaging in secretive forms of voyeurism that fall short of a sexual contact with another individual.
After paying, a would-be cheater probably finds that the website fails to address the core risks associated with cheating, despite the marketing hype about “secrecy”.
After joining Ashley Madison, the user finds that sexual partners still need to be identified and cultivated, which is difficult without in-person contact or independent knowledge of the partner’s appearance or character.
Without body language, voice inflection and real world conversation, what does one online Ashley Madison user really know about another? Chances are, most Ashley Madison users are tempted by the idea of a low-risk affair with an attractive and willing partner, but are ultimately disappointed that the real world challenges posed by an affair with a stranger are not resolved by the website.
What does all of this mean to me, as a divorce attorney?