It is so funny to see how some social behaviors are exactly the same between France and the US, and others are completely different. Well, this was a big shock to me when I arrived in the US. I understood of course a man and a woman could be interested in each other in a romantic way, let me reassure you.One of the very obvious difference is the dating game. But I was not aware that accepting to go out to dinner with a man alone gave the signal that I was possibly romantically interested in him.Apparently during the course of the French couple's marriage, the wife was chatting with men on a Belgium-based social network and singles site called "Netlog" and sent intimate photos to some of the men she was communicating with. Whether it's financial problems, reduced or non-existent sex, different opinions on how to raise children or more, many of these issues can lead to depression, curiosity to find out if the grass is greener elsewhere, and eventually divorce.Le Figaro, a French newspaper reports that just seeking an extra-martial relationship was offensive behavior towards the husband and ruled that the divorce was the sole fault of the wife. In the case of this couple, "Natalie" and "Bruno," she claimed she was searching online because she was depressed.Nor did I know about this first date, second date and third date business.
One would now assume that any married person in France becomes a member of the adulterous dating site, Ashley Madison, it would immediately be grounds for divorce.
A question I'm often asked is if flirting online is considered cheating.
So many are connecting on social media sites, creating profiles on Tinder while still in a relationship, and looking for love online, while still in a committed relationship or even in a marriage.
Is looking online today's digital version of going to a strip club without touching the dancer, staring at a good looking man or woman and smiling without saying hello, or scrolling through online dating profiles before you consider divorce just to see what else is out there?
What about sending a text or a sext message without engaging in physical contact?