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This review is from: The New Rules of Marriage (Hardcover)
I think that most of the reviews I've seen get this book wrong, not to mention Hakim's previous books. She's a sociologist. She's not writing about what she thinks things should be like, she's writing about the way things are. Anyone who denies that the Internet has had a huge effect on relationships and affairs has their head up their backside especially the moralistic previous review on here that clearly hadn't even read the book's first page.
The most interesting thing about this book is the number of interviews she's conducted with people having internet affairs and so on. If you are the moralistic type, you may be offended, but don't shoot the messenger. Personally I found it interesting because I think in an age where most of the people now getting married don't do so for the old fashioned reasons of religion or money, books like this can help us ask, what is marriage now and is it still necessary? Is it adapting or is it falling apart? Questions that the moralists tut-tutting about entirely arbitrary "traditional" values will never understand.