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What Counts As Cheating?

posted on 3 July 2016 | posted in Cheating Partners

What Counts As Cheating? Men And Women Have VERY Different Ideas!

Finding out your partner is cheating has to be the most painful experience in anyone's life, and some would argue the hardest bit is trying to forgive or knowing when to walk away!

But what would YOU say is the worst case scenario? Finding out your partner cheated on you after a night of passion or finding out they had actually fallen in love with someone else all together?

Well, depending on whether you're male or female you could answer this question very differently. When it comes to opinions on infidelity there is a BIG difference in how men and women view relationships!

Men are much more upset by physical betrayals while women are upset by both physical and emotional cheating.

Women believe that emotional and physical cheating were acts of betrayal, while men believed that only physical acts are regarded as cheating and falling in love doesn't count.

Most couples would regard kissing and any form of intimate touching as cheating, there are some acts which have become a point of contention for couples.

Emotional Betrayal:

This pretty much counts as falling in love but not acting on it. Research shows that more men consider one night of passion with a stranger as cheating more so than if they're partner fell in love with someone else, whereas nearly all women see this as a betrayal.

Close Friends:

What about those 'work husbands" and 'work wives'? You know, the person you see everyday whom you casually flirt with and confide all your most deep and dark spousal secrets? Surely that doesn't count as cheating right? WRONG. Research shows it's mostly women who count this as cheating, which is understandable when you take into account the amount of people who meet their long-term partners at work.


Sending a flirty text here or there, or maybe even the odd sexy picture was regarded as an act of betrayal by nearly half of women, while only 34% of men saw it as an issue.

Meanwhile, secret messaging and jealousy caused by flirting on social media is one of the biggest issues to cause arguments for young couples today.


Studies showed that both men and women both regarded fantasising, such as watching X-rated videos, as the lowest form of betrayal when it came to cheating.

Despite their differences, both sexes do agree on two main principles: We might all have different definitions of infidelity and tick different boxes in a survey, but on an intuitive level, we know what our partner would consider crossing the line.

We couldn't agree more! If your gut says you've crossed the line...then you probably have.

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