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17 Little Heartbreaking Ways People Cheat without Actually Having Sex ...

By Lyndsie

You can cheat on someone without laying a finger on someone else. Cheating is all about intent, which is why emotional cheating is often more devastating than a physical affair. Personally, I think I'd be more forgiving of a sexual encounter because that's just sex and sex doesn't always mean anything more than an orgasm. Getting all tangled up with someone emotionally is altogether different. Distancing yourself is altogether different, too. All the little ways people cheat without having sex still add up and easily result in the demise of the relationship.

1 Sexting with Anyone

Sexting with Anyone If you're trying to get off with someone else, you're pretty much kind of cheating, you know? You're not technically having sex, but still.

2 Creating Profiles on Dating Apps

Creating Profiles on Dating Apps Don't say you're just trying to see what's out there because … well, why? If you're that curious about what you're missing, you maybe shouldn't be in a relationship in the first place.

3 And Using Them

And Using Them This is even worse, though. It may never come to anything, but if you use an app to hook up with other people, you have the intent to cheat.

4 Creating Alternate Personas Online

Creating Alternate Personas Online Ditto, plus it's catfishing and catfishing is never cool.

5 Taking Flirtation Too Far with a Friend

Taking Flirtation Too Far with a Friend People flirt. That's not a big deal. Flirting can go too far, though, and you know when it's reached that point.

6 Comparing Your Partner to Someone You're Interested in

Comparing Your Partner to Someone You're Interested in It's never fair to compare your partner to anyone. Comparing her/him to someone else you have feelings for, however, that's just wrong.

7 Thinking about Someone else during Sex with Your Partner

Thinking about Someone else during Sex with Your Partner I don't mean thinking about a celebrity or someone you simply fantasize about, obviously. If you're physically imagining someone you've wanted to be with, though, that's like cheating by proxy.

8 Carrying on a Virtual Relationship

Carrying on a Virtual Relationship Long-term texting relationships are increasingly common. You may never do anything physical and you may do it under the guise of friendship or flirtation, but it can cross a line into more serious territory.

9 Withholding Sex Because You're Thinking of Someone else

Withholding Sex Because You're Thinking of Someone else For instance, if you have a crush on someone other than your partner and refuse to sleep with your partner because you feel like you'd be cheating on your crush, that's … well, kind of cheating, isn't it?

10 Sending Photos

hair, face, blond, hairstyle, long hair, Sending risque photos, that is. Sharing nude photos with anyone other than your partner is just … no.

11 Sending Videos

Sending Videos Same.

12 Confiding Solely in Someone else

Confiding Solely in Someone else It's okay to have a friend who's more like your soul mate than your partner. However, when you completely stop confiding in your partner and share your feelings solely with someone else, that's pretty serious.

13 Telling Someone They Understand You More than Your Partner

Telling Someone They Understand You More than Your Partner First of all, is that true? Because that's not great. Second of all, this is another case where you're comparing your partner to someone else and putting all your feelings outside of your relationship.

14 Pretending That You're Single

Pretending That You're Single You only say this if you wish you were single. There's no other reason.

15 Making Plans to Leave without a Word

Making Plans to Leave without a Word This means you're not communicating at all, and once you stop communicating, things are all but done.

16 Exchanging “I Love Yous” with Someone else

Exchanging “I Love Yous” with Someone else For obvious reasons.

17 Lying More Often than You Tell the Truth

Lying More Often than You Tell the Truth Even if you're not interested in someone specific, once you get to this stage, your heart and your mind are somewhere else.

When you start pulling away from your relationship, in whatever way, you've already made a decision that you don't want to be in it anymore. Some people – can some couples – can come back from this, but not all of them. Have you done any of these things? Would it bother you if your partner did?

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