‘Chexting’ Is the New Way Your Man Can Cheat on You

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So here's something "fun" for us to start worrying about. Ever heard of chexting? That's cheating + texting, and it looks kind of like ordinary friendship. But what's really going on is your significant other is obsessively texting another woman, getting deep into an emotional relationship with her that may never even cross over into sex. So ... does that really count as cheating? How can you tell the difference between an innocent friendship and something that could seriously threaten your relationship? What exactly is chexting, and how do you recognize it?

Texting a friend crosses over to the dark side when it takes on the thrill of secrecy and expectation. Marriage counselor Dr. Jane Greer explained some of the signs of chexting to CBS Miami.

1. Sharing intimate and emotionally deep feelings and details. "Truly the question becomes, are you texting somebody else things, content, material that you’re not sharing with your partner," Greer says.

2. Feeling a romantic or sexual thrill over getting texts from someone other than your significant other. "People start to rely on and depend on the connection they have with the other person and start to expect the texts."

3. Getting defensive about someone you text a lot. "What's the big deal? We're just friends!"

4. Texting first thing in the morning or just before bed. Greer says, "If your partner is texting the minute he wakes up or the minute she wakes up, before you go to bed, and you’re feeling really disconnected from them, then you might start to wonder what’s going on."

5. Secrecy around the laptop or phone, or logging in late at night. I mean, why else ... ?

More from The Stir: 10 Signs You're Having an Emotional Affair

Does this sound familiar? If so, you may want to confront your significant other before the situation escalates. Or maybe you're the one who's fallen into a chexting relationship? C'mon out of that state of denial, lady friend. There are plenty of reasons why this happens -- maybe it starts innocently with casual chatter, or maybe it's because you as a couple had already lost your connection with each other. Either way, you have some serious thinking and work to do.

We're in this new world of technology, which can complicate our relationships. Today's couples face challenges our parents never dreamed of. And yet, despite the rampant new tools of temptation, the same principles still apply: Stay loyal, stay connected, put each other first.

Have you ever engaged in chexting -- or do you suspect your spouse is chexting?

 

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starr... starreyedcutie

Youve got the title wrong...MEN dont cheat...immature boys do

Vanessa Fasanella

Chexting is not a new thing, just a new word. What is really is is using texting to have an emotional affair.

rocky... rockyhugs35

Men and women cheat... Technology has made it much easier and society makes it Ok as well.

mamap... mamapayneof3

My husband did this to me a while back. It was awful and I tried telling him but he became so defensive about it. I was pregnant with our daughter and he would always say I'm hormonal and paranoid. But he was texting this girl all the time talking about me and how much he was mad at me. She played him like a fiddle. He thought she was trying to help him fix our marriage but it almost destroyed it. He finally figured it out and stopped talking to her but it always leaves a thought in the back of my mind of will this happen again? He knows now he had an affair and I knew about it and he feels horrible and tries to make up for it. Chexting is just a term that is now used but in reality it's an emotional affair that if not stopped soon enough cam turn into more. I'm glad he stopped cause that's where his was headed I'm positive about that.

nonmember avatar Clare

I feel like I'm going through this now. :(

Nichole Neathery

It's not just guys who do it. Not all women are innocent. just remember that, it goes both ways

iamna... iamnameless

No new and its a stupid word.

Mazie... Mazie0723

This has been happening for years. Definitely not new.

missy... missybest

Too many very stupid men in our society.  Soon, all women will become Lesbians, just to attempt to find a decent partner.  Are men really this stupid?  It appears so!

nonmember avatar papi

I think I'm going threw it right now as I am typing this.

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