Is sexting cheating? That’s what researchers in the U.K. wanted to know.
In an online survey, 2,150 men and women were asked about their thoughts on sending sexually-charged text messages and dirty pictures of themselves to people other than their partners, and whether they considered it a form of cheating.
35 percent of respondents said that yes, sexting is tantamount to cheating. Meanwhile, one in 10 say they thought it was “just a bit of fun.” And 62 percent said sending dirty pictures is worse than sending dirty texts.
Eight percent of respondents said they had sexted with someone other than their partner in the last year, and one third of them said the sexting had resulted in them ultimately meeting up and having sex behind their partner’s back.
Rupi Rai, a family solicitor at the law firm Slater & Gordon, who commissioned the study, says more and more clients are seeking divorces after learning of their partners’ sexting ways.
“We have seen a rise in number of clients coming to us who think their partner has crossed the line and committed adultery, but not in the traditional sense,” Rai tells the Independent. “What some might consider a harmless bit of fun–like sending flirty messages or explicit pictures–others consider to be detrimental to their relationship and cause as much hurt and upset as physically cheating. The research is real warning to couples about being careful not to cross that line.”
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