What to do when your partner has a flirty friendship

Sometimes, flirtatious friendships are just fun and entertaining, and each person has a keen awareness that the relationship would never go further.

Story highlights

  • You can take steps to maintain a flirty friendship without crossing the line
  • But if your partner still feels threatened, it's your job to remove the threat

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

(CNN)It's called "micro-cheating": the small, seemingly innocuous acts of flirtation that don't necessary qualify as cheating but might be considered a little sketchy by your partner.

Many of us have experienced flirtatious relationships with friends and never acted on them sexually. Are these friendships signs of infidelity? Should you be worried if your significant other is attracted to someone else? Or could a little harmless flirtation actually be good for your relationship?

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