Most Millennials Consider Online Flirting To Be Cheating, According To New Survey

Millennials Agree That This Behavior Is A Form Of Cheating

Think those winky face emojis or flirty comments you leave on photos are purely innocent? If you're in a relationship, it may land you some hot water. According to a new survey, most millennials consider online flirting a form of cheating.

Fusion recently asked 1,000 18- to 34-year-olds about whether “online flirtations or relationships” amounted to cheating, and 82 percent said yes. Broken down by sex, 77 percent of men and 88 percent of women called it a form of infidelity. (Note that the site did not define what behaviors constitute online flirtations or relationships).

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The website also quizzed the millennials on how they feel about breaking up via text. Seventy-nine percent said calling it quits over text is never OK, but 14 percent admitted they had done it.

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Why would that 14 percent opt to break up through text rather than in person? In a 2013 interview with the Washington Post, linguistics professor Naomi Baron said text breakups have everything to do with our fear of a messy confrontation.

"You don't have to have a big knock-down-drag-out fight, but you also don't get that experience of having to interact in uncomfortable situations -- face-to-face live situations," Baron said.

For more interesting findings from Fusion's survey of millennials, head here.

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What Constitutes Infidelity?