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"It's not cheating if…" "It's not cheating when…" In the last decade, ways to fill in those blanks have gotten a lot more creative thanks mostly to the mobile phone, our porthole to every service we could ever imagine to send pictures, sounds, videos and words any day any time to people we really shouldn't.

"The definition of cheating has gotten very complicated now because you can cheat on Twitter, you can cheat by text," said Cooper Lawrence, a psychologist. "There's so many way you can be considered a cheater."

Lawrence defines cheating as anything you keep a secret from your partner. Depending on the openness of that relationship, that allows for a fair bit of interpretation.

Whether Anthony Weiner's communiques fell within his relationship's rules we may never know. But Lawrence said that even though society may find an act morally repugnant, within the relationship it could still qualify as acceptable.

"Some women have decided that either they're no longer sexually interested in their husbands, they want to stay for the kids, they want to stay for the money and if he wants to go keep getting his jollies somewhere else: As long as you keep paying my bills, I'm good," Lawrence said.

Blurred, fudged, bent, and broken: the figurative cheating line now seems more flexible than ever before. And couples increasingly create their own.

With more apps, smarter phones and more ways to communicate immediately with people we shouldn't, the rules of infidelity will grow even more complex, Lawrence said.

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