While it does not involve physical contact, critics claim that the powerful emotions involved can cause marital stress, especially when cybersex culminates in an Internet romance.
In several known cases, Internet adultery became the grounds for which a couple divorced.
Imagination and suspension of disbelief are also critically important.
Cybersex can occur either within the context of existing or intimate relationships, e.g.
Due to this difference, such roleplayers typically prefer the term "erotic roleplay" rather than cybersex to describe it.
There is disagreement over whether cybersex is a form of infidelity.
Amongst "serious" roleplayers, cybering may occur as part of a larger plot–the characters involved may be lovers or spouses.
In situations like this, the people typing often consider themselves separate entities from the "people" engaging in the sexual acts, much as the author of a novel often does not completely identify with his or her characters.
Channels used to initiate cybersex are not necessarily exclusively devoted to that subject, and participants in any Internet chat may suddenly receive a message with any possible variation of the text "Wanna cyber? " or a request for "C2C"/"C4C" ("cam to cam" and "cam for cam", respectively).
Cybersex is commonly performed in Internet chat rooms (such as IRC, talkers or web chats) and on instant messaging systems.