When people cheat on their partners, it doesn’t mean it’s about sex. When a relationship is not emotionally or physically fulfilling, they’re open to getting what’s missing. When we think of an affair, we describe it as cheating by having sex. But it isn’t that cut and dry. They’re different kinds of affairs. Affairs can be a one-night stand fling. It wasn’t planned, it just ‘happened’. Perhaps after a drink or two, one thing led to another. Another can in the form of sexual connections that include a level of romance and emotional attachment. A casual affair is mainly a physical sexual relationship without the expectation. Now here’s where it gets tricky. A platonic or nonsexual relationship can also be an affair, cause there’s an emotional intimacy that can be as intense. There’s digital affairs where people may never meet in person, but the emotional connection through emails, and texting, and often sensual nature of the connection can put a strain on the committed relationship. In a nutshell, any inappropriate emotional connection can be just as dangerous to a relationship as a physical affair that are likely to lead to divorce or a breakup.
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