Chexting refers to the act of secretly sending dirty texts to a person who is not your significant other. Is it cheating? Well, what do you think?
Clandestine, dishonest behavior in any relationship is always cheating. Sorry folks, but it is. Don’t take my word for it. Ask golf super star, Tiger Woods and/or celebrity Jessie James; they ought to know. Most of their machinations were uncovered because they used text messages to arrange their secret trysts.
One expert, Peter Dedman of Predicto Mobile, the largest paid mobile community in America, refers to chexting as “lipstick on the cellular” in mock reference to that Connie Francis pop song of years ago, “Lipstick on Your Collar.”
Texting is very convenient for the busy, multi-tasking cheater; it brings instant gratification and contact, and for some, it is even more popular than emailing. The fact that many cell phones come equipped with their own typing keyboards and that texting can be done from almost anywhere is very appealing to those whose entangling alliances keep them highly monitored.
Chexting is a viable medium for the lazy cheater who has no time to invent new ways to deceive his or her significant other. Technology has taken its toll on the sanctity of the institution of marriage, and more and more divorces are caused by one spouse’s infidelity via Internet chat rooms, instant messaging and chexting.
While cheating is facilitated by chexting, it is also easily discovered because deleting a chext doesn’t mean it can’t be found. A suspicious spouse can easily check a cell phone contact list for evidence of cheating. According to Michelle Jerson, who hosts a radio relationship show on New Jersey 101.5:
“Deleting a ‘chext’ doesn’t mean it is no longer stored in a phone’s memory. There’s software you can download to retrieve erased data.”
In the words of Stacy D. Phillips, Los Angeles attorney:
“Part of the allure is that the “chext” is not finished when both parties stop sending messages…The person can keep re-reading the texts throughout the day, getting titillated all over again.”
The problem with this behavior is that it does work for a while. The ramifications come afterwards, like a giant tsunami, and are often unrepairable.
So ask your self this annoying question: Is this sensational rush that I get from cheating worth losing my family over?
It may not happen tomorrow, but in the end, we all pay for our misdeeds and some things come at too high a price.
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