Sex is Not the Only Form of Cheating
Today there are multiple ways to connect and communicate with others. This creates a grey area when it comes to infidelity. Nowadays you can add tension to a relationship by simply missing a text message or updating your Facebook status that is unknown by your significant other.
Social Media provides the means to stay connected to many people and has become a part of our daily lives. However, it can also be a source of trouble for relationships. Social forums can enable and distract you to pay more attention to a “friend’s” or a celebrity’s personal matters rather than your own. By continuously checking your news feed instead of spending quality time with your spouse, you will disconnect from your special someone.
Are we cheating on our spouse by not providing the TLC they so desperately seek? One reason most relationships are not successful is due to a lack of communication and understanding. By seeking attention and validation from others rather than your significant other is not healthy. Many people think flirting isn’t cheating however, establishing emotional intimacy with others can be just as damaging. According to therapist and author Ross Rosenberg “This can become an affair when there is a relationship … where two people are getting their needs met outside of their marriage or relationship.”
Cyber cheating is relevant in the world of online connectivity. If you are in a relationship and using dating or other web forums to flirt with strangers, your loved one won’t take it kindly and will feel cheated. “An emotional betrayal can be even more damaging to a marriage than a physical one.” Says M. Gary Neuman, author of “Emotional Infidelity: How to Affair-Proof Your Marriage and 10 Other Secrets to a Great Relationship” (Three Rivers Press).
Put yourself in your spouse or loved ones shoes. How would you feel if she or he was online exchanging more than just pleasantries?