The world of dating and relationships can be a minefield.

Add technology into the mix and you’ve got yourself a recipe for... well, mistrust, it would seem.

More recently the term ‘micro-cheating’ has been bandied around by the media, managing to add even more confusion to what should actually be a pretty black and white arena.

According to dating expert Melanie Schilling, micro-cheating is “a series of seemingly small actions that indicate a person is emotionally or physically focused on someone outside their relationship”.

Of course, there’s a difference between texting someone harmlessly and getting pulled up on it by a jealous partner, and messaging someone regularly and in a manner that makes you want to hide it.

“The problem with social media is that it’s all about validation,” dating coach James Preece tells HuffPost UK.

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