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Sexting vs. cheating: Which one would you be more likely to forgive?

In your relationship, is sexting a forgivable offense?
In your relationship, is sexting a forgivable offense?
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New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner’s second bout of sexting revelation has again got lots of people talking about digital infidelity. It’s been pretty well established that sexting is a form of cheating, but how likely would you let your partner off the hook for it?

According to a new survey commissioned by the magazines "Men’s Health," "Women’s Health," online retailer Pure Romance and the sex advice website "Good In Bed," only 1 in 5 polled say they would leave their partner if they caught them sexting with someone else. What’s more, one third of the nearly 5,000 respondents say they won’t even confront their partners about it.

Is sexting without sex worse than cheating? Would you be more likely to forgive sexting than physical infidelity? How could your relationship survive sexting?


Kristen Mark, Director of Sexual Health Promotion Lab at the University of Kentucky and the the researcher behind the survey

Jennifer de Francisco, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in couples therapy, separation, and divorce therapy in Newport Beach