Infidelity has many forms, from sex outside of an established relationship to hiding a secret bank account. With the advent of social media, though, a new kind of cheating has emerged—digital flirtation and intimacy that violate the bounds of a marriage or commitment. In fact, some recent research suggests not only that active Facebook and Twitter users are at heightened risk for relationship conflict because of their social-media use, but that this activity significantly correlates with a heightened risk of infidelity and divorce.
Mild, in-person flirtation is often fleeting and superficial, but when communication extends to social media, texts, and email, your partner becomes available 24/7 for temptation and increased emotional connection. "Is he cheating on me?" you may wonder. But the question might not be as black-or-white as you think.
Whether someone's actually having sex outside of the relationship or not, here are 6 signs that a partner's online activity is threatening to your relationship. (I use the he pronoun here, but of course, infidelity crosses gender and sexual orientation.)
copyright Andrea Bonior, Ph.D.
Andrea Bonior is the host of "On Our Minds," and a licensed clinical psychologist, media commentator, professor, and author of The Friendship Fix and the Washington Post Express's longtime advice column Baggage Check. Follow her on twitter @drandreabonior or Facebook or YouTube.
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