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What Is Cheating? New Study Looks At Different Definitions Of Infidelity

02/01/2013 04:21 pm ET | Updated Feb 01, 2013

What constitutes cheating?

According to State of Dating in America, a new report released jointly by Christian online dating site ChristianMingle.com and Jewish dating site JDate.com, the definition seems to vary depending on who you ask.

Of the 2,700 U.S. singles surveyed, both genders (95 percent of men and 100 percent of women) agreed that having sex with another person was an act of infidelity -- but there wasn't much else both sexes could agree on. All of the women polled (100 percent) thought that sharing a passionate kiss counted as cheating, but only 86 percent of men felt the same. And though more than 80 percent of women felt that texting or online flirting were unfaithful acts, only 56 percent of men agreed. Men and women also differed when it came to whether or not an emotional relationship constituted as cheating, with 55 percent of men and 77 percent of women deeming emotional connections an infidelity.

Christian and Jewish singles agreed in many of their definitions of cheating. Almost all respondents of both religions -- 99 percent of Christians and 98 percent Jews-- agreed that a passionate kiss is an act of cheating. Roughly the same percentage of Christians and Jews -- 68 percent and 67 percent, respectively -- believe having an emotional relationship counts as cheating.

The main differences between the two religious groups? Forty-four percent of Christians said that watching porn was an act of infidelity, while only 24 percent of Jews agreed. Forty-three percent of Christians thought that going to a strip club constituted cheating, and only 20 percent of Jews thought the same.

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