Most couples know what the rules are when it comes to interacting with others. There are lines that romantic partners are not supposed to cross. Yet, when it comes to online encounters, the rules are not so clear. What counts as cheating or being too flirtatious online? New research shows that flirting online can be just as damaging to a relationship as cheating in the real world. The implications of this research are straightforward. Couples should establish clear rules about the types of online activities that are acceptable. Don’t let the ambiguous nature of online flirting cause real damage to your relationship. Make the rules explicit and follow them.
If you wouldn’t do it face-to-face, you probably shouldn’t be doing it online either.