There are a lot of nuances to the definition of what is considered cheating. Most people have their own personal definition of infidelity. To better understand the concept, INSIDER combed through the internet to uncover the most popular definitions. The results may surprise you. Read on for some insight into how we define infidelity.


Cheating in a relationship is considered a serious sin, and it has many different causes. It may be sexual or it may simply involve a person you’re not attracted to. Whatever the reason is, you’ll have to deal with the consequences of your behavior. Some cheaters may even feel no guilt, and others may not even realize they’re cheating at all.

Cheating in a relationship is a difficult subject. However, it should be approached gradually as the relationship advances. In the process, you should take care of your partner and make sure that they’re happy and secure. Some examples of cheating include sending topless bathroom pictures to an “old friend” or sneaking a kiss with a co-worker.

One of the most common forms of cheating is physical intercourse. It can include oral sex or basic foreplay. But even if you don’t intend to have sex, it’s still cheating. Sexual cheating is the most damaging type of cheating, as it can be hurtful. According to the General Social Survey, men are more likely than women to engage in sexual intercourse.

Cheating in relationships is often painful and can lead to feelings of confusion, frustration, and even adrenaline. While the information on this page is meant to guide you, it shouldn’t substitute professional advice. For your own best interests, consult a qualified mental health professional before making any decisions related to infidelity.

Physical infidelity

Physical infidelity occurs when one partner in a relationship starts engaging in sexual activities with someone else. It can be sexual intercourse or even simple physical intimacy. A study conducted in 2013 asked undergraduates to rate the extent to which they thought a partner was cheating on them. The score ranged from one, which showed that the individual did not consider the act to be cheating, to one hundred, which meant that the individual strongly believed that the act was a sign of infidelity.

There are many kinds of infidelity, and not all forms are cheating. While sleep together is obvious, physical intercourse is more difficult to establish. It can be anything from a drunken peck on the lip to holding hands with a physically attractive person. If the intent is sexual, such an affair is cheating.

Financial infidelity is another type of cheating that can be very subtle. It often goes undetected for years because most people don’t want to admit to it. I worked with a woman whose husband was constantly arguing with her about money. Although the couple agreed to save money, his credit card debt was enormous. In addition, his spending habits were erratic and he expected her to clear the bill.

An emotional affair, on the other hand, can be as damaging to a relationship as a physical affair. Emotional infidelity can include spending time with another person and may even involve the use of a computer. Emotional infidelity is often a difficult type to identify, which is why many people choose to have emotional affairs with someone else.

Financial infidelity

Financial infidelity occurs when one partner withholds or hides money related decisions from the other. It is an issue that affects more than one third of all couples in the US, and it can affect a relationship negatively. Studies have found that 10 percent of these couples ended up getting a divorce after financial infidelity.

In a survey conducted by the National Endowment for Financial Education, more than half of the respondents admitted to hiding financial information from their partners. The survey also found that nearly a third of them had hidden their own money. More than half of these participants said that their indiscretion harmed their relationship.

Another common sign of financial infidelity is frequent cash withdrawals. This behavior encourages financial dishonesty and can become toxic. Some people even use financial manipulation as a means to gain power over their partner. This can also lead to financial abuse. In the worst case scenario, one partner controls access to financial resources or a partner’s paycheck.

Ideally, couples should discuss their finances at the beginning of the marriage. This can help avoid future repercussions. For example, if a partner starts paying the other’s bills, it can lead to serious credit score problems. Fortunately, financial infidelity can be prevented by being open with your spouse about your financial goals and spending habits.

Relationships with inanimate objects

Many people are confused by the idea that relationships with inanimate objects are cheating. While it might be fun to play with a love doll and pretend it is alive, it’s not considered an acceptable option by most people. In fact, relationships with inanimate objects are considered unromantic and cheating in some cultures.

Intimate relationships with inanimate objects

People who have intimate relationships with inanimate objects are known as objectophiles. They believe they have the power to communicate with these objects and develop sexual relationships with them. According to clinical sexologist Amy Marsh, objectophiles usually have a belief in animism, the belief that all things have souls and intelligence.

In fact, some people may be shocked to find out that they have had intimate relationships with inanimate objects. While some would consider these relationships innocent, others may see them as cheating. A woman named Sarah Rodo, for example, admitted to having a relationship with a passenger plane.

Sexual infidelity

When a person has sexual relations with someone other than his/her partner, he/she is considered to be cheating. Infidelity is a serious offense that should be taken very seriously. There are several reasons why this action is cheating and can have disastrous consequences for the relationship.

One major reason why someone may cheat is fear of rejection. The person may feel sexual desire, love, or attachment for a partner, but they might be afraid of being rejected. As a result, they may be tempted to cheat on their partner in order to get attention. Others might do it to feel closer to other people.

There are two primary types of sexual infidelity. The first is physical. This refers to sexual intercourse or kissing with another person. It can also include simple acts of intimacy or flirtation online. According to a study conducted in 2013, undergraduates rated different types of cheating behaviors based on their own perceptions of the behavior. A score of one meant they did not consider the activity to be cheating, while a score of 100 meant that they definitely thought it was.

Sexual infidelity is a serious offense that can rip apart relationships. A therapist can help you get past this by establishing a safe space for disclosure. The therapist will ask basic questions to gain an understanding of the situation. More complicated questions can be raised later when the relationship has stabilized. This is because early conversations about the affair can be full of accusations and defensiveness. In these situations, the therapist’s role is to help the relationship get back on track.