Would going out to dinner with the opposite sex be considered cheating? What about hugging them…for longer than 10 seconds? For 8 seconds? Well, cheating is something we often address in our sessions with couples. We see many couples who mistakenly assume they share the same definition of cheating. As you might expect, having that assumption can definitely lead to some major problems in a relationship. A recent University of Michigan study explores what some people consider cheating and what others don’t. What are some of the things that made the list?
- Penile-vaginal intercourse 97.7 out of 100
- Kissing on the lips 88.7 out of 100
- Texting erotic messages 82.6 out of 100
- Forming a deep emotional bond 52.4 out of 100
- Going out to dinner 41.4 out of 100
- Sharing secrets 36.5 out of 100
- Hugging for more than 10 seconds 34.5 out of 100
- Hugging briefly (less than 10 seconds) 12.2 out of 100
- Giving $5 to the other person 8.1 out of 100
Want to see what other behaviors made the list? Check out the full study here. What do you think about some of the items on the list? What do you consider cheating? Have you and your partner clearly discussed the definition of cheating? Our advice…talk about it and be crystal clear!
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