What counts as 'cheating' in the digital age?

Story highlights

  • Partners are often in disagreement over what it means to cheat
  • The Internet provides people with more chances to stray than ever before
  • To protect your relationship against infidelity, communication is key

Ian Kerner is a licensed couples therapist, writer and contributor on the topic of sex for CNN.

(CNN)Tara and her husband, Michael (not their real names), recently came to see me after -- as she described it -- "infidelity."

He was searching for other women online, she said. Yet Michael claimed that he hadn't done anything wrong and that he would never cheat on his wife.
When I began asking the couple more questions, it became clear that Michael had not been seeking a new partner. Instead, he'd been Googling some of his exes and looking them up on social media but hadn't reached out to them.