DIVORCE
07/08/2013 05:50 pm ET

Emotional Cheating: Does It Count As Infidelity?

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Can a deep emotional connection with someone other than your spouse be considered infidelity?

That's the question at the center of a HuffPost/YouGov survey of 1,000 U.S. adults published Monday on HuffPost Divorce. What did the survey find? Sixty percent of respondents said they'd consider it cheating if their partner developed a deep emotional connection with someone else, while only 18 percent said that it wouldn't be considered cheating.

But the answers differed when a separate group was asked the reverse: "Say that you were in a committed relationship and you developed a deep emotional connection with someone other than your partner. Would you consider that to be cheating?" Twenty nine percent of respondents answered "no", while 50 percent said "yes."

We were curious to know if HuffPost Divorce readers' definition of cheating included emotional infidelity, so we asked them on Facebook and Twitter. Click through the slideshow below to read their responses, then head to the comments and tell us if you consider emotional intimacy with someone other than your spouse cheating.

Is Emotional Infidelity Really Cheating?

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