Cheating. Infidelity. Adultery. Skankery. No matter what you call it, cheating sucks and so do cheaters. Sadly, sometimes the best of us screw up though and are tempted.
To be clear, cheating is secretly and intimately engaging with another person while you’re involved romantically with someone else. This definition includes virtual and emotional affairs. So that guy on facebook you trade sexy pics with? That’s CHEATING if your BF or his GF is unaware of it. That cute guy in your class you call to cry on his shoulder? Right-o! You’re in Cheat-oh-rama City if your dude doesn’t know about it.
But that’s harmless, you say. Well, if it’s SO harmless, tell your sweetie pie all about it. Go on. I dare you.
And now, here are 5 (Super Solid) Reasons Not to Cheat:
1. Karma is one mean goddess.
What goes around comes around. Ever heard that? Karma is also known as The Golden Rule or you reap what you sow. That means that if you are a low down, dirty, lying cheater, you may be attracting some nasty energy! The universe balances life out in that way. Treat folks like you want to be treated.
2. Being a coward is never cute.
Cheaters generally cheat because they don’t have the guts to be honest with the person they’re with (or with themselves!) about how unhappy they are in their own relationship. If you’ve found someone you like better don’t be cowardly, selfish and self-absorbed. Have the courage to tell your boyfriend.
Your word is your bond. Self-honor and integrity are important to your overall state of wellbeing. Obvi, you originally hooked up with your partner because you cared about him. Show some decency, self-respect and compassion by being faithful — or by breaking up with him.
4. Cheaters have more STDs
Yup. It’s true. According to a University of Michigan study, cheaters have more unsafe sex and catch more sexually transmitted diseases. That’s definitely NOT sexy.
5. You won’t know who to trust.
If you’re being untrustworthy, it’s virtually impossible to trust someone else. Don’t step into the dark, girl. Believe me. It can make you crazy.
Yikes. “BUT, what if I ALREADY cheated,” you ask?
Good people make mistakes all the time. If you have already cheated you owe it to your dude to ‘fess up. Part of learning to be an adult is taking responsibility for your actions. It’s better for him to hear it from you than somewhere else. As anyone who has been cheated on can tell you, the feeling of betrayal is heartbreaking–but some relationships can move past it. Good luck, my lovely.
So what do YOU think? Have you ever cheated or been cheated on? Do you have other reasons not to cheat that I forgot? Tell me in the comments!