When two people make a commitment to one another, it is typically understood that a part of that commitment is that they will be faithful to one another. One partner considers the other to have been unfaithful when they have intercourse with another person, other than their partner and most people do not dispute that that is “cheating”.
Of course there are exceptions to what a typical relationship looks like. Will and Jada Smith have had a question mark hanging over them, as to whether or not they have an open marriage, for years and the more they try to address it, the more it grows.
So, what is cheating?
Most people might agree that having s*x with someone other than your partner is clear-cut infidelity, but what about sending the occasional flirty text message? Or reconnecting with an old flame on Facebook? It’s this gray area that often lands spouses in hot water.
HuffPost Divorce recently partnered with YouGov to poll 1,000 U.S. adults about what they consider to be adulterous behaviors –- and the answers may surprise you.
A whopping 79 percent of people surveyed would consider it cheating if their partner sent s*xy text messages or pictures to someone else, and 60 percent said forming a deep emotional connection with someone other than their partner would constitute infidelity. Only 48 percent of people surveyed would consider it cheating if their partner kissed someone else on the lips; 26 percent would not consider it cheating and another 26 percent said they weren’t sure.
As for reaching out to an ex-girlfriend or boyfriend on Facebook? Only 24 percent of people surveyed would consider it cheating. And those who frequent strip clubs can sleep easy too; less than a quarter of respondents (24 percent) would consider it cheating if their partner went to a strip club. A majority -– 61 percent –- would not consider it cheating.