A lot of people think sexting doesn't count as cheating
British law firm Slater and Gordon has commissioned an in-depth study into naughty ~extramarital activities~ in the UK.
Interestingly, the study found that for the past few year clients increasingly cited 'adultery' as a reason during divorce proceedings despite no actual affair having taken place.
How to explain that? Sexting, apparently.
While some 8 per cent of people surveyed admitted they had sexted someone other than their partner in the past, 35 per cent of the participants said they didn't believe it counted as cheating.
To be fair, many people thought that sending salacious photographs was "different to sexting", and only 2,150 men and women were surveyed in total for the study sample size, all British.
Rup Rai, a family lawyer at Slater and Gordon, said:
"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."
It doesn't seem like this is going to be a popular interpretation, however.
Just seen the end of @SkyNews debate: 'When Does Sexting Become Cheating?'
Even while the message is still in draft, honey.
— Brogan Driscoll (@Brogan_Driscoll) April 28, 2016
Talking sexting @skynews 😳
When does xxx become XXX - is sexting cheating? Is flirty text cheating? How many kisses are too many etc etc
— Sarah-Jane Mee (@skysarahjane) April 28, 2016
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