The internet has been an important part of leveling society’s perception of minority groups. Online communication has made people more apt to seek out like minded people and allowed previously closeted groups to meet and express themselves.
This is perhaps best expressed in the growth of legal recognition for homosexuals. Although gains had been made prior to the advent of the internet, the free and open communication provided online provided gay communities with the opportunity to meet and press their issues. Gay marriage and open acceptance of homosexuals in the military appear as political possibilities. While the social progress made by gays seems to be part of the influence of the internet on society, it is hardly the only group that now has a voice.
The internet seems to have established a new sexual revolution that challenges long standing societal norms. While the majority of adults in the United States still chose to get married prominent websites have challenged the notion of monogamous unions. Sites like craigslist.com have provided people with the means to discretely meet others for flings. One website famously promotes the notion that a healthy marriage does not have to include staying faithful to a spouse. The website Ashley Madison uses the tagline, “life is short, have an affair.”
After the rescue of the Chilean miners from a collapsed mind the media witnessed a reunion between a miner and his mistress. Ashley Madison took the occasion to offer the miner a $100,000 reward to act as a spokesman for the site. While this behavior seems taboo now, websites like Ashley Madison are spreading the message that affairs are not a question of morality but a manner of personal preference. While open marriages might never become the majority, the internet has provided both the means for people to find new sexual partners and examples that justify the behavior as normal.