SOMETIMES it doesn’t take bedroom action to be unfaithful, there can be much more subtle, but very inappropriate ways to signal that you are available to the opposite sex.
These “micro-cheating” techniques can be very dangerous to a relationship… here’s what to look out for.
Alamy Their are plenty of ‘under the radar’ ways to flirt – especially online
What is micro-cheating?
Micro-cheating is when someone is engaging in activities that give the impression they’re still single despite being in a relationship.
These subtle actions would never be as big as actively dating another person or engaging in sexual activity with them.
That would be macro-cheating, or just cheating as it’s more commonly known.
Examples of micro-cheating could be saving someone under a fake name in your phone or telling someone you’re single when you’re not.
Watch out for emoji use – sending a winky face can be seen as very flirty while an aubergine is an all-out proposition
What are the different types of micro-cheating?
There are plenty of different ways to micro-cheat on your partner.
One of the prime examples is by going through someone’s social media profile and liking old pictures of them – known as a “deep like”.
Another is searching for and “social media stalking” someone you’ve had a fling with or just generally find attractive.
Watch out for your emoji use too, heart eyes and winky faces are generally agreed to be flirty, while an aubergine is a blatant request for sexy time!
Hanging on to your dating apps is also a no-no for those in committed relationships – a sure fire signal you’re holding out for something new.
How can you spot if your partner is micro-cheating?
If it feels like your partner is hiding something that may be a good place to start.
Dating expert Melanie Schilling told HuffPost Australia: “Secrecy is the tell-tale sign. Micro-cheating is a subtle betrayal and it needs secrecy to fuel its fire.
“If your partner is having private conversations or online chats that he/she quickly shuts down when you enter the room.