What Should You Do If You Catch Your Partner Flirting Online?
Thanks to the accessibility of the internet, and particularly social networking sites, it is easy to connect with people from all over the world at the touch of a few buttons. With such ease can come temptation – A pretty girl or handsome guy, pays you some attention and you think ‘what would be the harm in responding, you’re just being friendly.’
But, things escalate and the messages may develop a more flirtatious or sexual orientation. So you can see how easily online flirtation can occur. Perhaps you have you caught your partner flirting online and you don’t know how to handle it. It feels like a betrayal and even though they have never met, you’re not sure if you can get past it.
The important thing to do, before you write off your relationship completely, is discuss it with them. The likelihood is that they didn’t think they were doing anything too serious because it was only words and no action. There was no intention to ever meet any of these people and it was just a bit of fun that didn’t mean anything.
Of course that doesn’t help you feel any less hurt by the situation, they are saying things to other people that they probably should be saying to you. If you do choose to move forward then the chances are that they are not going to go back to normal overnight.
Sex shouldn’t be, but often is, something couples have difficulty talking about. Perhaps, unable to discuss a decrease in their excitement, your partner has went elsewhere looking for a thrill that they hoped you would never find out about. Although, it isn’t an excuse for going behind your back, it may show that you’re not communicating as a couple should.
Communication really is the key to moving forward – it is time to be honest about the relationship and what more you want out of it. Crucially, it is important to discuss what is and what isn’t OK, when it comes to flirting, either online or offline.
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