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Common Types Of Cheating In A Relationship

Common Types Of Cheating In A Relationship 

– Anne Duvaux

There are gray areas when defining cheating in a relationship. It’s important to know when to draw the line if you’re the perpetrator or how to tell if your partner is cheating on you.

This article sheds light on the different types of cheating in a relationship and what constitutes infidelity.

What is cheating in a relationship?

Webster’s dictionary defines infidelity as the act of having a romantic or sexual relationship with someone other than your partner.

Cheating or infidelity is not clearly defined as it can involve several things. It goes beyond being sexually involved with a person that isn’t your partner and can include having a deep connection with another person.

Simply put, cheating is being unfaithful to your partner.

There are different types of cheating in a relationship, and it doesn’t only involve physical affairs. Instead, cheating seeks sexual intimacy, emotional attachment, or gratification from someone other than your partner.

What is considered cheating? 

What is cheating in a relationship? What constitutes cheating is dependent on the expectations of the relationship.

Except stated otherwise, a relationship is bound by exclusivity, and a violation of this can be considered cheating.

What is considered cheating and the types of cheating in a relationship can vary depending on gender, although some studies show the differences are rather small.

So let’s first start with what women consider cheating.

  • Actions women count as cheating

A study revealed specific actions women count as cheating. The different types of cheating in a relationship, according to many women, include

1. Active online dating profile

Keeping your online dating profile active can imply infidelity even if you haven’t gone on a date yet. However, an online dating profile means you are keeping your options open.

This disrespects your partner and shows you are not exclusive in the relationship.

2. Being emotionally attached to another person

Giving your attention to another person (other than family and friends) can count as cheating for certain women. For example, do you share your innermost thoughts and feelings with someone else such that you feel deeply intimate? If you do, then most women will consider that as cheating.

Going to your friends for emotional support is not wrong, but your partner should remain your confidant.

3. Sending flirtatious messages

In the above study, 60% of women considered sending flirty texts to somebody other than their partner as cheating. You’re crossing a line with the person receiving the texts and implying that you are available to take the relationship further.


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