11 Ways Sexting Hurts Your Marriage

I’ve gotten countless emails this week from people who are married to spouses who “sext,” which is the act of sending flirtatious messages via text message, email, Twitter, Facebook and so on. I wrote this post in response to the question, “Is this cheating? My spouse thinks this is harmless.”

  1. Just because you or your spouse do not define something as “cheating” doesn’t mean it can’t eventually bring your marriage to an end.
  2. Sexting is a form of flirting. Flirting is the first step in courtship. In fact, it’s what led to the two of you getting married. Would you feel comfortable if your spouse were actively courting someone else?
  3. Trust is an important ingredient to a happy marriage. Sexting destroys trust.
  4. If you wouldn’t do it with your spouse sitting right next to you, it’s probably not good for your marriage.
  5. As the saying goes: The grass is always greener where you water it. If you are sexting with someone who isn’t your spouse, you are watering the wrong lawn.
  6. By focusing your attention outside your home, you will end up neglecting what’s inside your home. Trust me: to keep it strong, your marriage will need all of the attention you can give it. Don’t waste your attention where it’s not needed.
  7. When you flirt with someone else – either in person, on the phone, or digitally – you hurt your spouse’s self esteem. A spouse who feels this way is eventually going to check out.
  8. When you flirt with someone else – either in person, on the phone, or digitally – you make it harder for your spouse to feel sexy. A spouse who doesn’t feel sexy isn’t going to want to have sex.
  9. When you flirt with someone else – either in person, on the phone, or digitally – you cause your spouse to feel unloved. If your spouse does not get the love she needs from you, she’s going to be more likely to search for it somewhere else.
  10. If you need a rush, try finding it with your spouse. The two of you can strengthen your marriage by solving this problem together.
  11. If you don’t feel sexy, try talking to your spouse about the problem. The two of you can strengthen your marriage by solving this problem together.

There is one way sexting can help your marriage. It’s this: do it with your spouse. Text “you are hot” to your spouse. Text “I can’t wait to see you naked” to your spouse. Everything you were thinking of sexting to someone else? Sext it to your spouse.

 

221 comments… add one

  • cat August 7, 2013, 8:33 am

    No Carol, there is nothing wrong with you, It is your husband who has the issues. Please stop blaming yourself or looking for the why’s it really is a waste of energy and worry. You are the one that now has to make the choice of weather you can trust him again or not no-one can make it for you. Yes it is hard, but there can be a light at the end of the tunnel.

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    • Larry January 8, 2015, 9:47 pm

      Let’s look at this from a different angle.I put everything into my marriage. I flirt,I compliment, I bought flowers still no sex. I sex text some one wife is mad now. Wow damn if do damn if I don’t. it amazes me you don’t want me to flirt with you, but you get mad when I flirt with someone else. Like I said damn if I do damn if I don’t.

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      • RavSean January 11, 2015, 1:04 pm

        Larry…

        With respect, the one thing that you have not said that you have done is to ask your wife what is going on. Until you do that, you are simply looking outside for a solution without looking inside first.

        That being said, I firmly believe that sexting with someone other than one’s spouse is abusive behaviour. As well, making a unilateral decision to shut down the marital bed is also abusive. While one does not justify the other, it certainly places it in a context. Larry – please note that while the opening part of my response is sharply worded, and intended to be, I suspect that you have spoken to your spouse about this. Shutting down the bedroom is emotionally abusive. Your spouse should not do that.

        -RavSean
        RavSean´s last blog post ..Je Suis Juif!!

  • Jan September 9, 2013, 8:35 am

    My husband loves to do sexting. He says he is just a flirt. Now he left me because he says he wants freedom to be on his computer without my interference. He says I don’t trust him. I never had actual proof, just suspicions until he left me. I accidentally found a text he wrote to his son’s ex-girlfriend which is very sexual and hurtful. He says he would not be faithful to me if he was still working. He is 68 and retired. He told her he wishes he was with her that night. He also said his sexual urges are hard to control and he loves all women; the taste, feel and smell of them. He had a prostate procedure about a year ago and said it left him without those urges. I guess they just left him without those urges toward me. I really love him and miss him. He says it is my fault he left because I didn’t respect him enough to trust him. I took the blame for a while but I don’t think this is MY problem. I think it is HIS. He left everything, beautiful home we built together and community/area he loves, friends and family, his valued wood working tools, tractor he loved to work on, 2 golden retrievers, ATV and a woman who loves him more than anyone else will. I am doing OK now after 6 weeks with the help of God and friends but I really miss him. I am actually happy at times but still feel half of me is missing sometimes.

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    • jan September 9, 2013, 11:47 am

      Just add on to this. When will this hope for his return go away? He is making a new life now. Why can’t I? I didn’t do anything wrong but I am the one suffering. He left me with a farm to take care of 13+ acres to mow, garden, wood to get in for the winter, big house, etc. Is there something wrong with me as he says?

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    • Piers Thompson December 20, 2014, 1:43 am

      my sexting drove my wife to an affair

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    • T March 14, 2015, 10:30 am

      When a man says, “You don’t trust me enough.” You shouldn’t. That’s what I’ve learned. A man who’s doing what’s right, would be more than happy to let you prove yourself wrong as you go on a hunt. IN fact, he’d be happy to rub it in. I wish my husband had something to rub in my face. But after less than two months of marriage, and three times of being a “helicopter wife” and not trusting him, turns out he has a major porn addiction and in fact was NOT a virgin when we got married as he claimed throughout our dating and engagement. It was not assumed; this is what he verbalized to me.

      Honey, you’re on it. You are RIGHT! You are not the problem. Trust IS the issue, but because he’s the one breaking it.

      Denial’s a bitch.

      Good luck to ya.

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    • SimonsMom March 23, 2015, 8:38 pm

      My husband was cheating with other women for over a year. I never had any clue this was going on behind my back. He died suddenly after Christmas in 2013, and it was a very painful surprise to see his emails and personal cards & letters from the many women he was playing Around with. This has hurt me so deeply and its hard to forget the pictures and words he wrote to many women telling them he loved them. He was not the man I thought I married. His betrayal won’t be easily forgotten.

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  • Lawrence October 31, 2013, 2:33 pm

    I’ve been searching the web trying make sense of the train wreck my relationship has turned into because of sexting. I confronted my girlfriend of two years about it not long ago – I was suspicious of one of her male friends, and had to see if my gut was accurate so I hacked her iPhone. I found snippets of a text message (her to him) that proved to me they had been exchanging inappropriate texts. This was three weeks after I found facebook chats that weren’t so bad, but bad enough – making jokes about an affair they had about 20 years ago.

    He lives in a different city and I am 99% sure it has not been physical (at least since we’ve been together)

    Her explanation: they both have a dirty sense of humour and it’s just the way they talk.
    His explanation: the same (I contacted him and threatened to send the info to his wife for a second opinion if it happened again)

    I told her after the first time she got an inappropriate text that she should discourage it.
    After the facebook messages, I asked her again to discourage it, and she said she did. 3 weeks later, I find the iPhone snippets. “I can’t do this now. Too many people around the office. Contact me later. I miss my dirty partner in crime.”

    She was enraged that I would snoop in her phone, and did her best to turn the blame on me (though she did admit wrong doing, but could not explain to me why she did it). I called the guy and that made her even madder. I told her “I just want it to stop. Maybe now he knows I’m serious.”

    I am reluctant to blame her, because I really believe she is a good person. She has blocked him on FB, and deleted him from her phone, but the urge for me to snoop again is overwhelming. I am a mature, non-jealous person. She is beautiful, and meets all kinds of people in her profession and has never given me any reason to be jealous or concerned except with this friend who she has known since high school (we are mid-40s).

    We had a great thing – a once in a lifetime thing – and I feel now it is changed for good. Great sex life. Loving and generous relationship. No money problems. No drama (until now). I don’t bring it up, and neither does she, but I still think about it all the time.

    1. Should I bring it up if it still bothers me?
    2. Am I justified to snoop again?
    3. Why did she do it?

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    • Jana August 14, 2014, 3:22 pm

      I do not know about your situation but I am in your wife’s shoes. I love my husband very very much. But I have done a bad thing by sexting and he has been hurt by what I have said as what was said to me. It felt so hot at the time and I lost my head of what I was doing to my husband. I have cut off contact with the guilty party but he will call my work place and I am civil but I don’t talk about anything non work related but I can tell his voice that he is trying to pull me back. I cannot stand the idea of losing my husband over someone I do not even care about.

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  • Audri November 1, 2013, 4:48 am

    That comment above is probably bullshit sorry -.- but im tired of people posting your fake ads. Please stop! Everyone on this site had been hurt by betrayal and we dont need an ad bugging up from real honest people asking for help or wanting advice or a shoulder to lean on!

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    • Calvyn August 14, 2014, 1:57 pm

      I dont think its fake. I am having the same problem too

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  • Audri November 1, 2013, 4:54 am

    And Jan, i think a person should love you for who you are and not what you have . If he cant treat you like you deserve to be treated, then dont drag yourself down because hes not satisfied. He doesn’t deserve you!!

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  • Audri November 1, 2013, 5:03 am

    Lawrence, let me give you my opinion, if thats ok?. .

    Ok, i think if the friend bothers you, if shes a loving wife, she would stop talking to him the way she does (sexually) to prove that you should be the only person she should be doing that too. And if she continues to do it than im sorry but she has a big problem >you both do<. Nothings wrong with you evrr unless you commit some kind of negative behavior without a reasonable explanation or they have a deep lust problem. Im also sorry this happened to you

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  • jo November 4, 2013, 4:36 am

    i recently found out my partner of 18 months had been sexting an 18 year old he’s 42, but it was when i found the 3 pics of her private area that she had sent him and that he returned the favour with one of his that i now have trouble dealing with, i was so angry that i sent her some real nasty texts from his fone making out that i was him, he has said he stuffed up and that he was sorry and it wont happen again but every time he picks up his phone i start to wonder if he is back at it, At this stage i don’t trust him and he knows it as i told him and that he let me down as well , I just don’t know what to do anymore any suggestions please

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    • Lawrece December 1, 2013, 6:40 pm

      jo:

      I got some very good advice from someone who went through the same thing as I did (and you did). They told me the “not knowing part” might never go away, and you have to be prepared to live with it if you decide to work through it. They also told me to concentrate on myself for a while – got o the gym, get a tan, spoil myself in some way so i can feel better about myself. It helped me. But not knowing the whole truth still hurts.

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  • RavSean December 1, 2013, 8:32 pm

    GF…

    He got you to cosign for a loan? Be very careful here. Be very careful here. Student loans do not go away over night.

    If you place yourself in a position of being his emotional support through his problems with his wife, he has no reason to work on those problems.

    RavSean

    RavSean

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  • hazelrunner February 22, 2014, 10:46 am

    I need some advice. I’ve been married nearly 5 years and been together almost 6 years. We are both soldiers. I am the active duty and he is the reservist. He got activated this past summer. He was set to deploy. He left in october and came home for 5 days for Thanksgiving. and He got a 4 day pass during christmas. I fly to the eastcoast to visit him. We we’ve had a few hiccups here and there mainly about his ex wife. He doesn’t shut up about her. Dec 2012 he got really drunk and texted her at 3am asking her is she still had any feelings for him. She didnt reply to his text , she called me the next morning instead. I flipped the fuck out of him. I forgave him and we moved on. He claims that he didn’t remember to texting her that night. Anyways he’s been gone for 6 months. Our marriage has grown stronger than ever. or so thats what i thought!

    Last weekend of Nov 2013 we had a yellow ribbon event in TX that his unit was having for the soldiers and families. Saturday night we all went out to the club and got really drunk. My husband was about to fight some locals. I stepped in between him and he pushed me…I lost it! He’s never put his hands on me. Well one of his soldier from his plt got a cab and rode with me to the hotel. Next morning we laughed the incident off, but he asked me tons of questions. My husband wanted to know if I has done anything at all with this other soldier. I said umm no why? He said he just had to ask because that soldier really thought I was attractive.

    Anyways my husband didnt wind up deploying he got medically sent home two 1/2 weeks ago. Well I see a psychitrist weekly. Last Friday she wanted me to talk about my husband. She got me talking, and the more I talked to more I was like WTF is wrong with me!!!!

    I went home that night and I couldn’t get the racing thoughts out of my head. I waited til my husband went to bed. Something told me to browse through his phone just to resolve the racing thoughts!! I didn’t expect to find what I found. He and his superior , the female soldier that partied that saturday night in TX with us. Their text messages were nothing but flirty filled with sexual innuendos. We’ve always told each other everything.

    Well that night after I got a cab back to the hotel, she tried to kiss my husband. People get drunk and sometimes that shit happens. They shouldve told me about it. No my husband goes on to text her that he almost kissed her back by had to stop himself. WTF? A few other texts between the two that stood out to me… He lied about paying for his ex wifes boob job, he went on to say that its only fair that he gets to see them at least once since he paid for them. Well he lied, he didn’t pay for them I asked his ex. And why the hell is he even talking about his ex wife, and continuously about her boobs??? Is he not over her? What am I supposed to do? I can deal with him not being over her? Then another text the female goes on to say that she was the cheater, has been cheated on, and was the other woman. That she might not be a good wife, but she is a loyal friend. And that every classy woman treads the line with flirting. My husband responds “thats why your one of my favs” ???? I don’t know how to process everything. He is such a fucking hypocrite. When we go to the bar, god forbid another man try and conversate with me while waiting on our drinks, or how dare another man compliment my outfit, boots, etc. He also texted the female soldier about how he lost weight and that she would be the first one to rate his abs. He also would say stuff like “hold on im taking my clothes off. Im sleeping naked.” Why the hell would he be telling her this shit? And he would also tell her about things that we did sexually. I was on the plane, waiting to take off. He sent me a picture of his penis saying “Im ready!!!” and I had a younger guy sitting right beside me that saw the picture when I did and laughed and grunted and OMG I was so so embarassed. He told her about it. Then in between text he they would talk about me, telling her how hard it was to say goodbye to me, that he was crying etc. Why would be talk about me like this and do do and say what he did to her? Why Can a guy zone in and help me understand? WTH is wrong with this picture? I confronted the female soldier while she is overseas..I threatened to take her rank and reputation as well as his. He was very apologetic. She said nothing never happened, the texts were not what they seemed. That she stopped communicating with my husband when he crossed that line. I told her to never ever text, facebook, call, or mail , she best not ever communicate with my husband in any way or her military career would be poof!!! The thing is his ex wife is a nightmare. lol Sorry. I’m 10 to her 3. We are completely in two separate categories. Same with this female soldier she is approx 5ft a little butterball ompaloompa looking woman with a whoville nose! I never felt nor do I feel intimidating by these woman. Why the fuck would he risk losing me? He wasnt my type when we met, long story. WE was just supposed to be friends. Over time I fell in love with him, and his looks grew on me. So now I am physically attracted to him, but only because Im deeply in love with this fucker. I don’t know what to say, what to think, or what I should do. We have two young kids under the age of 3. Any advice, concerns, any anything is better than nothing! Please help me figure out what I should do next. We havent spoken about it since I found out 8 days ago. He thinks if we dont talk about it , that it will go away. Thats far from the truth. The longer we go without talking about it, the more thoughts race through my head. You know when a woman getting to thinking..it isn’t a good thing! I love this man, but I wont allow him to disrespect me or our marriage anymore. >( what do I do, we have to toddlers, hes an awesome day, but slacking as a husband. I know Im out of his league, is that the problem? Are we not meant to be. Oh and I forgot to mention that we are nearly a decade apart in age. Im much more mature than my age though.

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  • Desiree Foreman May 6, 2014, 10:46 am

    Well I just found some naked pictures of another woman and my husbands phone. Yea she lives like 3 hours aways. She is also married. I was told they was just friends. My husband is 29 & she is 45. I’m so confused and don’t know what to do? I feel that I need to tell her husband. But then I will get yelled at for digging in his phone. Sexing is cheating because it seems like you are always thinking about that person instead of your spouse!! What should I do? I love him but want this to stop.

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    • Living the Pink May 6, 2014, 2:39 pm

      Do what I did. Go through your cell phone bill find her number and then confront him about who the number belongs to. Then…email the b***h and tell her to stop sending pictures of herself or you will inform her husband. That way you can’t be accused of going through his phone. Because my husband was smart and deleted all the pictures and messages as he received them. So my cell phone bill was the only way I found out. Going through your spouses phone shouldn’t be an issue if they have nothing to hide.

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    • Jan September 21, 2014, 9:05 am

      I am going thru the same thing. My husband is bipolar. It seems like every time he hits a manic phase we go thru some type of infidelit. Right now it is sexting, dirty messages, pictures, videos, talk about meeting. I don’t think that it has been physical yet, but that is where this stuff leads right. I am a nurse. I work with mental health patients. I know bipolar people are promiscuous and don’t do well in relationships. We have been together for 10yrs. We have a son. I am pregnant and due in November. This has hit me hard. I am hormonal anyways, and now my self esteem is nothing. Idk what to do. I love him, but I/we do NOT deserve this. I am a good woman, wife, mother, nurse. I love sex, our sex is amazing. He knows that I know. He says it is ok bc they live out of state….like I believe that. He says he hasnt and wouldnt actually cheat, but this is cheating. I even entrapped him with a fake email and alias. He fell for it immediately, I revealed myself, we talked…..even tried to role play thru that email. It helped for a lil while, but he is back at it. I can’t afford to leave, not money wise, but so much goes into it and with a young son and a baby soon coming….I am lost and very hurt. I just feel stuck. I have cried too much, wandering where I went wrong, but It is NOT us!!! We are not alone.

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      • Nevermore December 8, 2014, 6:18 am

        Do not worry, Jan, karma is a b^*&^tch – and will get your hubby straight in the balls.

  • Shannon A. May 17, 2014, 10:05 am

    Hello everyone… I really need some advice… I’ve been married for seven years now.. The other day I was going through my husbands phone to try to forward a dance showcase that he recorded of our daughter.. Well when I typed in his password his messages popped up and they were empty.. I found that very odd. I have been feeling some type of way about that so I googled how to get text messages and it bought me to this spy app. So I installed it on his phone without him knowing about it.. To be honest I really didn’t think that it was going to work… So the next morning I checked the website for the spyware and nothing out the ordinary was on his phone… I took a nap at around 2:45 that afternoon and woke up around 5 to give my husband a chance to relax we have 7 children and it was his turn… Before I went to get the baby I was going to uninstall that app cause I felt guilty for doing that behind his back.. 4 new messages popped up so I opened them and BOOOM right in my face was messages… The first one was from this number that I didn’t know and it said …….. I miss you….. My husband then replied… I miss you too but I’m with my wife right now so when I get free I will text you later okay big butt wet tight p****… I got up grabbed his phone and started looking for the messages and nothing…. He erased them.. I confronted him about it and he tried to lie about it saying that I was the person that was sending him messages through a fake number… I was over the hill mad by then… Then he went ahead and confessed about texting this woman who is 17 years older than me and ten years older than him I’m 30. He said that that is just the way they talk to each other that it was nothing… This woman also worked with him until 3 weeks ago she got fired for stealing…. He said that he was about to tell her to stop texting him. But if someone wanted to break something off they would not start a conversation with I miss you too and put what he did in it…. He physically cheated on me 6 years ago when I was pregnant… We were going through a rough patch and I asked him to leave. I didn’t know that he cheated until about 2 weeks later we had a deep conversation about him coming back home and he told me that he had sex with this other woman only 2 weeks after he left… It took a long time but I forgave him on that… I’m stuck right now… To be honest I don’t believe that he didn’t have sex with this woman because the details of that small text is too intimate and personal for him not to ever had sex with her.. I don’t trust him anymore and I probably never will.. I don’t know if I should stay with him… Is it wrong of me to want to keep that app on his phone so I could know what’s going on? He is also against me reinstalling it on there… I really need some advice.. I’m so heartbroken, embarrassed, angry and disgusted… I need some opinions …….

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    • cat May 18, 2014, 9:18 am

      No one can tell what to do, you have to make the right choice for you. but if you dont think you can ever trust him again, then that answer your own question. Why are you embarressed he did wrong not you. What you need to do is forgive yourself then you can start making right choices for you. good luck xxx

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  • John smith June 29, 2014, 10:47 pm

    I have just found that my partner had been sexting a male she was friends with, and sending nude photos of herself. I call this cheating, and I am torn with where to go from here.

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    • RavSean July 13, 2014, 9:02 am

      I agree with you that it is cheating. The question you need to answer is whether or not you trust her not to visit this abuse on you again.

      Good luck.

      RavSean

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      • Lawrence July 13, 2014, 8:03 pm

        I posted here in October about finding texts on my gf;s phone. We got over that hurdle, but it happened again 8 months later. You have to ask yourself if you can live with it happening again. because it probably will.

  • Sue July 20, 2014, 9:29 am

    Caught the man I’m in love with & supposed to be marrying sexting with a woman he met on a dating site. We just finalized our wedding & reception plans 2 days ago & now this. How can he say he loves me, wants to spend the rest of his life with me?! He certainly wasn’t thinking about me at all when he was sexting with her!!!

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    • Jan September 21, 2014, 9:18 am

      I say, DO NOT get married!!! It doesn’t stop. You need to weigh your options bc it hurts more than you can imagine. Get out now

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      • GuestII October 9, 2014, 6:11 am

        Don’t marry him. You deserve better.

  • michelle July 26, 2014, 4:43 pm

    I found messages on my partners phone to a single mother he and his friends meet up with for drinks when they go to football matches in scotland.we have 3children and been together for 20 years.i feel worthless with no desire for sex.he admitted it but deleted all messages i feel cheated as he wouldnt show qat he sent he about stopping it .i cannot look a him same way i have stopped eating its driving me crazy should i give up on him.he was my life now i see him as a liarI found messages on my partners phone to a single mother he and his friends meet up with for drinks when they go to football matches in scotland.we have 3children and been together for 20 years.i feel worthless with no desire for sex.he admitted it but deleted all messages i feel cheated as he wouldnt show qat he sent he about stopping it .i cannot look a him same way i have stopped eating its driving me crazy should i give up on him.he was my life now i see him as a liar

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  • Audri August 1, 2014, 7:36 am

    This is the third time ive caught my husband sexting, im tired of it, im 35 weeks pregnant, going to college at night, take care of his children from a previous marriage and im just lost. Hes been saying where and when to meet up with these other females on an app on his phone while hes at work and while im at school. I dont know if there is anymore room for trust, i wish these things never happened to us, why!!! Why do we have to be the ones to feel this way, no one should it hurts too fucking much, my heart hurts, adrenaline pumps throughout my body just reading all the painful words they exchange to eachother, it makes me want to just lay down and die honestly. All of this trauma has even changed my way of living and raising my step daughters, im starting to become sexist and i dont know where to get help from.

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    • RavSean August 1, 2014, 7:55 am

      Hi Audri…

      Knowing where to get help is the second question you must answer. The first question is what kind of help you need. Do you need help maintaining this abusive marriage and perhaps fixing it? Do you need help coming to terms with ending it? Do you need help ending it. The answer to this question, and the three questions underlying it, will tell you where to go for help.

      Good luck.

      RavSean

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  • Audri August 1, 2014, 7:39 am

    I apologize for the language

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  • Audri August 1, 2014, 7:40 am

    I apologize for the language,

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  • Siobhan August 7, 2014, 2:18 am

    My husband was acting weird just this passed weekend.. I was going to my parents house with my two sisters who live with us and we were staying there for the weekend, he usually hates when I leave him, he’s always begging me to stay and hurry home blah blah but this weekend it seemed like he was looking forward to it which was strange for me.. so while I was at my parents house he called me as usual throughout the day I checked his location through his “find my iphone” app and he was home all day and then he called to say good night he was going to bed at around 12:30. I decided before I went to bed at 1:30 to check his location one last time to be certain that he wasn’t up to anything fishy and BOOM he was at an apartment building which his friend has asked him to house sit occasionally check in for 3 weeks while he is in Europe. It is also his old building that he used to live in and he does have friends there but I wondered.. why would he say good night to me and then not go to bed? So I started snooping through his facebook messages and I found messages between him and another girl talking dirty to eachother about the sex they used to have over 10 years ago and how they should make plans and meet up to fuck again and where/when did they make plans to fuck? At his friends apartment the weekend that I will be at my parents house!!!! And that is exactly where he was that night after he said goodnight to me. I confronted him and he denied having sex with her.. he even denied being at his friends apartment for a couple hours Saturday night after he said goodnight to me but after a while he came clean and said “look.. I was at the apartment building that night but I didn’t want to tell you because I was hanging out with my friend Felix and we did a few lines of coke together, I know you’re going to be mad so I lied.. but I swear on my life nothing happened with this woman!! We were just messaging eachother and being stupid playing a game that we both knew was never going to go anywhere” He’s very apologetic and swears he will never play with fire every again … this was his first time I think.. he forgot how smart I am, but part of me is like UGGHH what if he really was fucking this woman that night? It’s driving me nuts!

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    • RavSean August 10, 2014, 7:30 pm

      I cannot imagine being excited that you will be gone for the weekend so that he can drop a couple of lines of coke.

      Neither can I imagine that dropping a couple of lines of coke is a better thing for him to have been doing.

      I suppose that if I had to pick one of two marriage-enders, I would probably rather my spouse had the affair. At least it does not put my kids in danger.

      RavSean

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  • co August 10, 2014, 9:18 pm

    My husband, thinks it is okay to talk to every female he has met on holiday as if she were a potential girl friend,,,even though he is married,,,he says I am provincial because I am American and not british

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  • nat August 19, 2014, 2:45 pm

    I understand NO ONE can help anyone out or tell anyone what to do in this situation. We all know in our heart’s what to do about it. I find it’s not easy when there’s a loving child involved.. What I wanna know is how can people think it’s okay to do this too the one person they claim to love???? ( if anyone can answer my question that would be a huge help) I can’t wrap my head around this at all it’s eating me up inside. I know I’ve been in this situation for A LONG TIME NOW. Every time I comfort him about it he say “oh I’ll stop I promise I love you and I do wanna lose you” we all know it’s bullshit. I’m at the end of my rope… I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO ANYMORE!

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    • Lou September 24, 2014, 2:49 pm

      So sorry
      Having just discovered my wife has being doing this behind my back for 3years and with people close to us
      I investigated have the evidence but still she refuses to fess up…..it is an addicition they need professional help
      Like a drug addict never confesses
      In bible it’s says forgive me my sins… Keep remembering that and get them help
      Or you have to leave !!!!!
      X

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  • Gary August 23, 2014, 3:54 pm

    My wife plays a yoworld game and has a fake facebook account in which she pretends to be a younger woman. She is dirty on the game and has several boy friends on the account. In reality she is 51 but portrays to be 22 on her account and the game. I have told her this bothers me a great deal and she insists she is just being silly and having fun. Should this be a concern on my part, and should I let it go? She refused to stop when I requested it saying I was being a control freak.

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    • val August 23, 2014, 7:31 pm

      Gary if it bothers you and she won’t stop you have to ask yourself are you willing to love her and have her disrespect you. I’ve been in a marriage that was pretty bad with my husband disrespecting me and after awhile things in my heart and mind have changed forward our marriage. Nothing seems to be important to me or even matter now. I question everyday why I am still here

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  • ms. Parker September 17, 2014, 6:02 am

    I, Mrs.Parker caught Mr. Parker in adultery with his bestfriend girlfriend. but when I asked him what was they talking about he brushed me off

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  • Lou evans September 23, 2014, 6:04 pm

    I have just found out my wife is sexting to at least 2 people maybe more
    She is completely denying it and I think sexting is an addiction
    She sends pictures of her intimate parts and complete flight-day and night and even when caught by another partners wife and warned off she started again after 2 months -she has been at it for 4 years
    During this period our marriage has descended into arguments and turmoil
    Which started first is difficult to say but both the other men were married and it is without doubt cheating
    I forgive her but of course it is impossible to forget and that is what will probably be the end of our marriage which is going to be a crying shame
    Once found she stopped texting but she has carried on using Facebook
    Facebook powerful, wonderful but it can also be the tool of evil
    !!!!!!!!!!

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    • Jan September 23, 2014, 6:54 pm

      It is evil. My husband does this too. I have asked him to stop. He then switched to emails and some website. Idk what to do. I feel hurt, betrayed….he says he will stop, but then keeps on and gets mad at me for asking him to stop. I learned today that he has 103 contacts he sexts with. It is a matter of time before it goes full blown affair bc he will get bored. It breaks my heart. I am gaining amunition in case I decide to leave as we have 2 small kids. I would understand if I was a lump on a log, but I think I am pretty versatile in the bedroom with ideas and stuff. I am hurt and torn

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      • Lou September 24, 2014, 6:51 am

        I totally feel for you
        I think you have to threaten to leave -or maybe even go to your mothers saying you are having a shirt break to force him to fess up about it all and stop it
        Get all the info first
        Best of luck

  • George September 25, 2014, 2:07 pm

    Technology, unfortunately in this type of situation, is nothing but trouble. I tried to confront my wife about her texting/sexting a co-worker, and she blew up pretty much indicating that it was no big deal. No big deal? I can’t disagree more. You are sharing the best pieces of yourself (even if not physical) with someone else for a thrill. A thrill that should be limited to your marriage. Just my humble opinion.

    I love my wife, I love my family – but having to deal with this is killing me.

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  • shanon October 13, 2014, 1:37 am

    Hi I am going through the same thing. I found a lot of chats from my husband and his secretary while they were sitting in the office. Very Nasty stuff being said for 2 months. I had caught him 4 years ago texting someone. We have been married 9 years. I’m devastated after reading all they said. I also found him on a dating site. He says that. I never gave him enough attention. I asked why he didn’t leave me then and he said he thought I might change. I have no self esteem I’m heartbroke. Don’t know what to do. He says he needs get help to see why he does these things. Any advice?

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    • RavSean October 13, 2014, 6:52 am

      So the first thing he did was to blame you for what he did. Nice.

      He needs to get help. This is for sure. One reader, as part of the fixing process, made sure that his wife had complete remote access to all of his electronics – cell, computer, etc.

      Please note that this is his problem. It is not because you are not a good spouse or because you are not giving him enough attention. He did this.

      That being said, you really want to be part of the process of fixing the problem, if that is what you want to do. You are both married to each other. You have stake in the game. Insist on joint marriage counseling. Make sure that the counselor is willing to see you both together and separately. There should be measurable steps on the goal to fixing the problem. Grand gestures will not solve this. It is a long process of little steps.

      Good luck!

      RavSean

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  • zazto December 17, 2014, 9:57 am

    caught hubby sexting his co worker. trying to work through it. but gosh am so hurt right now….. i dont think i will trust him again

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  • missy December 28, 2014, 7:10 pm

    Just found out my husband who is 48 has been sexting a 21 year old several states away. Not only her but lots of other women. I’m devastated that he has lied to me so much, I don’t think I can ever trust him again. He claims it’s compulsive behavior that he can’t control. Heartbroken. We’ve only been married a year and a half. He says it’s not me it’s the excitement he gets doing it.

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  • Nicky December 28, 2014, 8:18 pm

    I just caught my husband sexting some woman while he was lying in bed next to me. I was lying still in the dark unable to fall asleep. I guess he thought I was sleeping. He says ‘it’s not what i think it is’…Original, huh? I just picked up my pillow and have come to spend the night on the couch. I feel so hurt, i can’t even cry. Just feels like there’s a black hole in the middle of my chest. We’ve had a rough time in the past couple of years and I go to sleep most nights feeling lonely and sad. I’ve told my husband time and again that we should talk just so that we can communicate our needs to each other. He always says he has nothing to talk about, that he’s fine with the way things are and that i always make a big deal out of everything. I guess he doesn’t care how i feel about our marriage because he’s getting his needs met elsewhere.
    I’m sorry for this rant but i just had to talk about it. Thanks for reading. I guess i’m gonna go curl up in the foetal position now and try to disappear.

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  • RavSean December 29, 2014, 7:51 pm

    Nicky, Missy, and Zazto…

    As I have commented above, I hope that you have all realized that the actions here are solely the fault of your spouses. All of you mention a sense of betrayal, and you should. Electronic adultery is adultery. As with any other type of betrayal, it cuts to the core of everything we have ever thought about ourselves and about our marriages.

    Furthermore, you each need to decide what you want to do here. Maintaining your marriages is a possibility, but it should not be done without demanding not only apologies from your spouses, but a real, and immediate change in behaviour. Frankly, such a changes should go as far as ending the electronic relationships immediately, without so much as a goodbye. If you wish to end the marriage, that too is understandable.

    Please note that your spouses will likely tell you all that this sexting is not important. Good! If it is not important, it should be very easy to put an end to it. Demand it, and demand accountability.

    good luck.

    -RavSean
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  • shanon January 8, 2015, 9:53 pm

    I know one thing it’s changes everything and it is so hard to ever trust again. If someone is so unhappy they should leave their spouse before they do anything. Or I guess it wouldn’t be as much fun sneaking around. My marriage was never the same

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  • Michelle January 9, 2015, 1:15 am

    I was confused by this title because i sext with my husband!

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  • laina January 27, 2015, 10:38 pm

    I did the mistake of picking up my husbands phone when it made a buzzing noise.. It was a blonde girl he had been what sounds like as I was reading the messages hooking up with. They had sent each other photos of themselves and carried on deciding when to meet up. I called him up on it with my heart in my mouth. He just gave me a nervous laugh. Our 3 year old was in hospital at the time with a dog bite so emotions and stress was high. He never talks about it. But everytime he picks up his phone now I get really anxious to know who it is. I hate I cause I text him and sext him but all I ever get I huh? What am I doing wrong? We have been married 3 years and only early 30s. What do I do to get his attention? Help..

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  • renee February 20, 2015, 10:09 am

    So, my boyfriend and father of two, (going on three) and I, have hurt each other deeply, and i need some next step advice. It all started two years ago, we were living together with one child, and decided to have another. We got pregnant the same month. Then shortly after i got pregnant, he slowly started to become distant. I had lost my job and i had a rough pregnancy and never ended up working. He found with me constantly about money. He didn’t appreciate anything i did for him or the family, even though i honestly did 100% house work, and 100% kids, yep, he said the kids were all me bc im not working. He’d only play with them a few minutes a day back then if they were lucky. He has a daughter who isn’t mine, comes over every other weekend and a few days here and there, plus half the summers, i told care of her 100% too. He told me i was lazy all the time. I ended up having postpartum and he literally told me, me too, when i tired to talk to him about it. On top of all that became the phone locks, the deleted messages, and flirting conversations with several women. He would talk to the same girls, but he never as far as i know, developed connections with them. But it hurt just the same. I tried to babysit and make extra money here and there, but the fighting continued and i felt so unwanted and betrayed. He said he was never physical with anyone. But how can i they his word with all the secrets you know? And why doesn’t he see it is still cheating and it hurts me?
    So then after 6 or so months after childrenbirth, i meet this guy my boyfriend works with and he starts being super nice, telling me i do a lot for people, i shouldn’t let him bring me down. After a few more months he starts hitting on me and i let him. It felt good someone liked me. Though i always felt horrible. He would kiss me goodbye when i saw him. After a few months i cut it off. I told the guy i felt like he used me when i was down. I didn’t like the lies and the deceitfulness. But things remained hard, the verbal abuse didn’t stop. I love this man, he’s down and depressed, i wanted to stay by his side like i promised. He continued to lock his phone, I’d watch him delete messages. But he wasn’t leaving me, i want leaving him… He fought with me pretty bad about 6 months ago, and i ended up having a few drinks and sleeping withvthat guy. We didn’t finish, i stopped it. And i felt like the biggest pos ever. How could i be so weak to let a fight lead to that? Well i didn’t tell him. He found out by the guy, because he kept hitting on me and i had to tell him to stop which he didn’t like. So i open up and tell him everything….
    Now he is still flirting with other girls on his phone and he says i deserve it. He wants to cheat once to “even the score”. We were going to take a break but he decided it wasn’t worth it, we are together, let’s try, at least for the kids, I’m 12 wks pregnant. How can i possibly show him he hurt me too? He acts like I’m the only bad guy and won’t own up to the fact he’s cheated for 2 years? I know i hurt him too, just as bad, but if we are trying to work it out, how can we without the trust on both sides?

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    • RavSean February 25, 2015, 8:46 pm

      Renee….

      There is so much that is wrong here that I am not entirely certain as to where to begin. Let us start with a basic statement: it is not your boyfriend’s job to punish you for your sins, whatever they may have been. He can accept the behaviour and continue the relationship, or he can say this is not what he wants. Whatever you supposedly deserve is not a question. And that being said, he is being cruel. No human being deserves cruelty.

      I worry further about your statement that he “fought with you pretty bad about 6 months ago.” What does that mean? Did he hit you? Was it a loud shouting match? It is difficult to figure this one out.

      The children are as much his responsibility as yours. He helped bring them into the world. The sum total of what it means to be a father is not limited only to making the baby and bringing home a paycheque. Those two things are important. Also important is that the most crucial thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. He is failing miserably in this regard.

      To force you to do everything while he sits back with a martini is abusive.

      To have revenge sex is abusive.

      To keep secrets about his social connections is abusive.

      On the other side, you should also not have social connections with people who are hitting on you. That is not nice to your boyfriend.

      R/RavSean
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  • cody February 21, 2015, 11:22 pm

    I feel the same as many of you. Just charged an old phone the wife threw out. I found all kinds of plans for doing a quickie and how he wanted to c@@ inside her and that he said he will work around the marriage. My wife denied it saying still they where just friends and have a lot in common. I am horrified and disgusted. Literally shaking reading this as a man. She seems like it was nothing and not an affair. Please pray for me that she will go with me to help get councilling. Kids and all in this..

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    • RavSean February 25, 2015, 8:37 pm

      Cody…

      You need to ask yourself what you are willing to accept if she does not go to counselling.

      As far as the ‘just friends’ statement, the relationship has developed well beyond ‘just friends’ when he is making a clear statement of intentions. This is not a laughing matter. He was not making a joke.

      -RavSean
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  • Jodie March 2, 2015, 3:59 pm

    I have caught my husband messaging another woman, this is maybe the fourth time I have caught him.
    The messages were utter filth and I don’t know what to do.
    I think I would be less hurt if it wasn’t for the fact that our sex life is terrible and I’ve been trying to make it better.

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  • Lyndy-Ann Plillip-York March 17, 2015, 7:14 am

    I’m happy to learn that shutting down my marriage bed is wrong. My husband brought home an STD from his lover ob the outside and I ended up in hospital, should I still be foolish enough to put myself there again after it happened 3 times. I tried as much as butt sex because its what he wanted but still no affection. He carries her out, gives het money, makes time to be with her etc and our electricity went cause the bills weren’t paid. Now I went to his job at the department which helps married couples that’s having problems and he’s upset. He doesn’t want to divorce! What am I to do??? We have a 1yr old and I’m having our 2nd which he gave $1200 to abort, but didn’t want to give me monies to handle our finances at home. What should I do? I’m not going to stop the Social Worker from his job, to the end they would take monies out towards the children and our home.

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  • Aulura March 19, 2015, 11:15 pm

    Why do men do this? Third time I’ve caught my man sexting old girlfriends or soliciting a relationship on a dating site. He swears he loves only me. I try and leave and he freaks and talks me into staying. Uses his daughter to make me stay. He is so uncommunicative until it gets all drama. Caught him on the phone bill last time, while he was supposedly sick at home sending texts and pix of privates to old girlfriend. I’m about done with this passive agressive bull.

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    • Leon Weiser March 31, 2015, 5:47 pm

      It’s not only men who do this Aulura. I caught me wife doing the same thing recently except it wasn’t with old boyfriends but men who she play words with friends. These men she also invited to a site called ‘kik’ where she would have these relationships with. Most of these men are out of state but one guy is definitely local and she avoided talking about him. What was worse is that she sent nude pictures of herself to at least one person. I walked out and like you, had her talk me into coming home, using the kids as a reason, also making all sorts of promises which I don’t believe will be kept. So it’s not just men who do this, women do it too. Aloha

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