We all have different views on cheating. For some, it signals the end of the relationship and for some it doesn’t.
But a new study has shown that men and women even have different interpretations of what cheating actually means.
Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology studied 92 heterosexual couples by giving them imaginary situations in either one would cheat on the other.
Of course, neither sex approved of the idea that their partner was cheating on them but they had one fundamental difference.
Men and women had different perspectives on emotional infidelity.
Emotional infidelity is when instead of committing the physical act of cheating, the person does small acts like flirting or dancing with other people.
The results of the study showed that women tend to put emotional infidelity on the same level as physical infidelity. It is just as hard to forgive.
They also thought that men would find it just as difficult to let such a thing go.
However, men perceived only the actual act of physical intimacy with someone else outside the relationship as cheating.
They didn’t particularly like the idea of emotional infidelity but it just didn’t seem like that much of a big deal to them.
Consequently, they also thought that it wouldn’t seem like such a big thing to their significant other.
Of course, none of these definitions are set in stone and you don’t have to believe either one if you don’t want to.
But statistics show that at least 20% and at the most 70% of people have cheated on their girlfriend or boyfriend.
The only answer in this situation is to be completely honest with your partner on what the boundaries of your relationship are before you settle into it.