Just when we thought we were across all the dating terms 2017 flung at us (breadcrumbing, anyone?), 2018 has given us something new to worry about.
It’s called micro-cheating, and honestly, it seems rather legit.
Micro-cheating happens when your partner does small – seemingly innocent – things that eventually make it obvious they’re keen on someone else.
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They might strike up a friendship with a female colleague and not tell you about it. Or constantly refresh another woman’s Insta feed. Or share private jokes with a mutual friend and not include you.
While these actions might seem insignificant, they can actually be a sign that things aren’t quite right in your relationship.
According to Australian psychologist, Melanie Schilling, micro-cheating is a series of small actions that make it clear your partner is emotionally or physically interested in someone outside of the relationship.
“You might be engaging in micro-cheating if you secretly connect with another person on social media, if you share private jokes, if you downplay the seriousness of your relationship to your partner or if you enter their name under a code in your phone,” she recently explained to the Daily Mail.
“These are all signs that you are conducting a ‘covert flirtation’ and keeping it from your partner. If you feel you have something to hide – ask yourself why.”