Are you cheating on your partner by watching porn?

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There are many contentious, debatable issues when it comes to relationships and what goes on in it. For example, people are quite divided on the best means of communicationwhen in a relationship. Just as there has always been a debate when it comes to the issue of what counts as cheating, and what does not.

People argue if masturbation is cheating, some others wonder if flirting with another person should be considered cheating and here we are right now, wondering if watching pornography can be categorized as cheating.

The answer to this is varied and dependent on the couples in question.

How to deal with the silent treatment in relationshipsDepending on who your partner is, porn could be cheating or some other way oof strengthening your relationship (The Guardian)

Amaka, a young sales rep in Lagos believes pornography can’t be categorized as cheating because “it does not involve the physical presence of another human. For anything to be counted as cheating, as far as I am concerned, someone has to be doing stuff with another human who is right there in the flesh,” she says.

Idara, another millennial believes viewing pornography is not cheating. “We’ll even watch it together,” she says.

 

There are couples who view the issue differently from how Amaka and Idara see it. For such people, the very idea that a partner is viewing pornographic content is considered repulsive in its entirety and there can be no good thing or merit to it.

Pretty womanThe very idea that a partner is viewing pornographic content is considered repulsive to some people. (StandardMedia)

For some others, porn falls under the category of cheating only on one condition. If there is a rule between both partners, which prohibits one from watching pornographic content without the other, then that could, in a way, be ‘cheating’. But that is more on the level  of the cheating your partner practices when you are both watching a show at the same pace and then they go on and watch few episodes without you.

In general, whether or not pornography should be considered cheating is something that partners have to figure out for each other. Since it is apparent that what works in one relationship may not work in the other, it has become very important for lovers to speak to each other and reach an agreement on all things, especially sex.

With an agreement in place, couples will know how to tread and what to steer clear of.

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