Though the word affair probably makes your mind leap to a hastily booked Premier Inn and a night of sordid passion, surprisingly the most common type of affair isn't necessarily even physical.
New research into cheating has found that we're more likely to indulge in an emotional affair and become inappropriate with someone other than our partner by treading the line between friendship and something more.
The Independent wrote that: "Around 45% of men and 35% of women have admitted to having some sort of emotional affair, which is more than 20% more than people who admit to having a physical affair."
This is likely because it feels less definitive than physical cheating and it is easy to pretend you're not doing anything wrong.
"In the tasks of daily life, our emotional needs often get pushed to the side," clinical psychologist Lynn Saladino told The Independent. "We stop seeing our partner as an emotional being and more as a person who helps us complete tasks and meet obligations. When this happens, it can be very tempting to seek support elsewhere."
With most of us engrossed in our smartphones, curating a perfect image of our life on social media and connecting to more people than ever, it is easy to see why these types of affairs are increasingly common.
Relationship expert and psychologist Vijayeta Sinh said to INSIDER: "Emotional disconnection is a breeding ground for affairs. In today's world, it's so easy to be emotionally disconnected from others. We can be eating dinner with a friend, and chatting with another on Facebook."
"Most of us wake up and check our phones before we even say good morning to the person sleeping next to us. This kind of being-far-away while still-being-close allows us to hold secrets from people we care about, and hide things conveniently. It's actually quite dangerous because it makes us think we are close to someone when in fact we may not be."
Spooked? Try a human conversation instead of refreshing Twitter in bed tonight.
From: Esquire UK