Is flirting cheating? Here's what I found out.
It all depends on your intent
How innocent flirting is hinges on your objectives. "If the intent is to do it for fun, it's lighthearted, and makes you smile, then it's cool," says Amy Levine, sex coach and founder of Ignite Your Pleasure. "Particularly if you're in a public setting and out with friends, and the person you're flirting with knows you're in a relationship."
BUT, she continues, if "you have the thought or intent of taking it to the next level, you're treading on betrayal if you're not in an open relationship."
The key here is honesty. Start with yourself: are you flirting with someone and thinking at all about doing anything more with them other than standing in this exact spot? If so, you're being disloyal. Then, the person you're flirting with: have you told them yet that you're in a relationship? If not, you're being sketchy.