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.
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!
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 :)