10 Ways Social Media Use Makes Cheating on Your Partner Easier!

When in a relationship, “thinking of, touching and talking with someone you are attracted to is considered emotional cheating“. By Yizhao Lang – Wikipedia

Together, let’s take the time machine back a hundred years ago, when technology seized to exist as opposed to its presence in our present days. Back then, there was a very limited window of opportunity for cheating in general; options were scarce and resources were less! With the introduction of phones and televisions, the options grew wider since now, partners became more exposed to the world outside; igniting their doubts and shaking their beliefs concerning the “right” person.

No Cheating!

No Cheating!

As we got introduced to the mobile phones and the internet, things got even more complicated: the ease of meeting and anonymously having secretive relationships grew! Many tricks of cheating developed such as adding a female’s name to a guy’s number for the partner not to be curious about who is calling, locking the mobile with a security code and so on!

Yet now, the mother of all cheating possibilities and techniques, has to be the child of Web 2.0 and social media!

10 Ways Social Media Use Facilitates Cheating:

Before I list to you these ways, allow me to assure you that this post, does not, in anyway, promote cheating or praises it! Rather, I would like to think of this post as an eye opener to help you realize what could be going on behind your back, or maybe even in front of you!

1. Multiple Accounts

Creating multiple accounts on Twitter and Facebook in specific, and with no logical reason, such as work, could be a sign of cheating!

2. Fake Profiles

Creating a fake profile on Twitter could be for one of the following reasons: cheating, spamming and stalking! Be on the lookout for the fake accounts your partner might create!

3. Long Hours

Social media could be used for business purposes to promote ideas, products and services. This gives an excuse for long hours of usage which could instead be spent on meeting and flirting with new potentials when you are already in a relationship!

4. Worldwide Opportunities

Social media allows for a broader pool of options and temptations whether it comes to men or women! Therefore, social media, in its nature, helps trigger the idea of cheating for the purpose of trying something different!

5. Image Uploads

Especially when using Flickr and Facebook, the uploading capabilities encourage the sharing of images which could be considered as cheating in terms of them being revealing or inviting to the opposite sex! You would not believe the amount of indecent pictures of women you can find through a simple Flickr search; I wonder if their spouses know about them!

6. Private E-mail Sharing

Social media has the power to allow for more opportunities to share private e-mails for longer, more intimate online affairs!

Blog Cheating

Blog Cheating

7. Blogging Usage

Social media allowed for blog popularity to increase! Blogs could be a great way of inducing cheating tendencies either through confessions of a cheating lover or through comments on heart broken posts which develop into something more!

8. Getting Caught

When a partner is cheating on you within a physical location or using the mobile for example, it is easier to catch him/her in the act! However, cheating through social media is less provable and more far-fetched!

9. Riding the Wave

With Google Wave, cheating now takes on a new, real-time, face! The trick here is that just as you are sent waves from your partner on a wave. However, just like MSN, Skype and other chat-based services, the partner could also send waves to many other potentials or even ex’s!

10. Sending Gifts

Since social media now allows you to send free gifts, flowers and even love messages, no more need to hide your credit card bills for your purchases or your phone bill to track your calls and messages!

To Wrap Up…

In reality, anyone who is really willing to cheat could find a way to do so may it be online or offline. Yet, I do believe that cheating has been facilitated through social media and social networking since now, there are more options and ways to hide, lie and cover it up!

Finally, I’d like to know what you think about it: Do you agree that social media facilitates cheating? Can you think of any other way to use social media to cheat?

Looking forward to reading your opinions below :)

Comments and Reactions

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com Amer Kawar

    Interesting… I think you covered a wider area than the title suggests. Technology facilitates many forms of communication, social media allows groups of people to create content – interesting to a large number of people such as Digg, or interesting to just the social circle around those people, such as Facebook's feed page. So, technologies like mobiles, the internet, and the old – yet still in use – land lines all facilitates communication, which can, as proposed by this article, allow a person to cheat on his/her partner easily.

    My point is, if someone wants to cheat, they will. If carrier pigeons are the best communication method at the time, then a message regarding a rendezvous time/location can be exchanged. Or just ask a friend to arrange the meeting on your behalf.

    On a slightly different note, social media sites, even with all their privacy settings, are still permanent logs of the interactions that happened. Say the person “guilty” forgets his/her Facebook account logged in, acts extra careful which might alert his/her partner to become more suspicious, or clicks a wrong button and makes his/her profile public again.

    Just saying that even though social media might facilitate cheating, it’s just another form of communication with a bunch of tools to make social interactions easier and more natural. If people want to cheat, they’ll make the best out of what they have and do it nevertheless.

    My 2 cents. Great post :)

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com/2009/12/top-10-ways-to-take-revenge-using-social-media.html Top 10 Ways to Take Revenge Using Social Media! | Thoughtpick Blog

    [...] writing my post on how social media makes cheating easier, and on the day I realized that I have been a victim of an ongoing lie for two years, a friend [...]

  • http://game-android.blogspot.com/ Android Game

    Oh this topic… Interesting… I think you covered a wider area than the title suggests. Technology facilitates many forms of communication, social media allows groups of people to create content – interesting to a large number of people such as Digg, or interesting to just the social circle around those people, such as Facebook's feed page. So, technologies like mobiles, the internet, and the old – yet still in use – land lines all facilitates communication, which can, as proposed by this article, allow a person to cheat on his/her partner easily.

    My point is, if someone wants to cheat, they will. If carrier pigeons are the best communication method at the time, then a message regarding a rendezvous time/location can be exchanged. Or just ask a friend to arrange the meeting on your behalf.

    On a slightly different note, social media sites, even with all their privacy settings, are still permanent logs of the interactions that happened. Say the person “guilty” forgets his/her Facebook account logged in, acts extra careful which might alert his/her partner to become more suspicious, or clicks a wrong button and makes his/her profile public again.

    Just saying that even though social media might facilitate cheating, it’s just another form of communication with a bunch of tools to make social interactions easier and more natural. If people want to cheat, they’ll make the best out of what they have and do it nevertheless.

    My two cents. Great post:) Nice to visit your site Wish you post another good topic like this. I will wait to read it.

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com/ Beiruta

    Thank you so much for your comment and feedback. I love what you said here: “if someone wants to cheat, they will. If carrier pigeons are the best communication method at the time, then a message regarding a rendezvous time/location can be exchanged. Or just ask a friend to arrange the meeting on your behalf”. It's sad but nevertheless true!

    Stay tuned for more social media related posts :)

  • chrisllen

    i don’t agree with the comments because i know the couple of cell phone spy software, which can help to catch cheating partners silently just by using the home PC. i mention here one of the software name so that everybody can check and be aware for the act he or she is doing. http://www.mobistealth.com//

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com/ Beiruta

    Does it work on Macs as well? And is it advertised well enough for wives and husbands to know about it?

  • MM

    I have to wonder, as all these various styles of cheating become a normal way of life, do we just come to accept that honor and respect are outdated attributes. Or do we tune into our sixth sense with more honor and respect and call out those who reek of betrayal. I chuckle at the thought of bringing back the 17th Century Scarlet Letter “A” for both Men and Women. Humm….how might it look in todays world??? 

  • David Rossi

    Yes. And this is the modernity that we have decided to live in our lives.
    Women and men both cheat. And if this is progressive …
    women cheat as often as men. Shame on both.

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