Does texting count as cheating?

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Does texting count as cheating?

‘It’s an emotional affair’

It’s a fairly common situation – you’re in a relationship, but your mind (and texting fingers) wander, and pretty soon you’re Facebook messaging, WhatsApping, Snapchatting (or all three) someone other than your SO. Is it fun, a harmless outlet, or is it evidence of sinister backchanneling, of infidelity? Crucially: Does it count as cheating? We asked these Londoners what they thought.

Danielle, 26, HR at a coffee company

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“Yeah, I think so. The intention is there.”

Rob, 23, accounting executive

IMG_8454“No, I don’t. I don’t think there’s a reason behind thinking that. If you’re both comfortable with it, it’s fine.”

Beth and Emily, 21, graduates in Fashion Textiles

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Beth (right): “Definitely emotionally.”

Emily (left): “It’s cheating emotionally because you’re emotionally saying that you’re committed to your partner but then aren’t by texting someone else.”

Ruth, 34, make-up artist

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“Yeah, if it’s got intent then definitely.”

Romain, 27, bike messenger

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“No, not necessarily!”

Josh, 24, social media Content Editor

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“Yes, because it’s a break of trust. If the other person is open then maybe not. Like if it’s an open relationship then no. But if it’s a secret, it’s broken trust.”

Steve, 50, Slinger Banksman (construction)

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“Yes, because you’re not talking to your partner, but you’re giving personal information to someone else. It’s a form of cheating.”

Marie Elyons, 55

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“If you’re expressing that you’re attracted to the other person or that you have ‘sexual’ intentions, then yes, it is.”

Lauren Cornelius, 26

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“Yes because you’re being unfaithful by looking elsewhere. You shouldn’t be looking anywhere else.”

Jane, 22

jane “Yes, definitely cheating. It’s an emotional affair.”

Justin Akomiah, 26

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“Yes it does. Because if you there is any physical attraction, there’s bound to have repercussion. Thing is, I wouldn’t consider it cheating if I did it. But I’d be pissed off if my girlfriend did it.”

Gina Lopresti, 21, and Casey Tyring, 22

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Gina: “Not cheating. Im attracted to a lot of people. I can talk to who I want.”

Casey: “If it’s a new relationship, no. It’s cool to talk to different people. If it’s a long lasting one, then yes, I do think it counts as cheating.”

Ali Costerton, 37

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“It’s suspicious. If it’s a long term friend, then no I don’t think it counts. If it’s a new encounter, I would definitely look into it.”

Emmanuel Esteban, 30

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“Not really. No physical interaction. In my opinion, you have to make the effort of being attractive enough to keep your girl under control.”

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