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All It Takes Now Is One Click To Ruin Your Relationship

"Micro-cheating" is the latest relationship trend to watch out for, apparently
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If you've managed to navigate the modern dating world of breadcrumbing, stashing and being zombied, congratulations, you are finally a + 1.

But before you get too smug, it doesn't even end when you are in a relationship.

There's a new "dating trend" on the scene called "micro-cheating" and you might have already been guilty of it.

Thanks to social media, apparently it's now possible to cheat with one click according to psychologist, Martin Graff.

Flirting (in person anyway) is a thing of the past—it's now about showing too much digital interest in someone outside of a relationship, and with our smartphones in hand it's never been so easy to subtly betray anyone.

Even something as seemingly innocent as repeatedly liking someone's Instagram posts can start the ball rolling.

“It can be something as simple as repeatedly ‘liking’ someone’s posts on Instagram or commenting on someone’s Facebook,” said Dr Graff, an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society.

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First they might be inundating someone with likes and emojis (if that's their style), maybe tagging someone in a video that refers to an inside joke or two, and finally they'll peak with a public—aka a comment.

In more extreme cases, they might begin to play down their relationship status, you know that thing, that isn't really a thing... start WhatApping in secret, or have someone saved under a different name.

You know those seemingly "small actions"... Apparently, the grey area between "friendly and infidelity" or, well, straight up just being a dick.

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