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The 5 Most Common Ways Cheaters Communicate In Secret

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Cheating is like any other kind of crisis: you hope it never happens to you, but if it does, odds are you won't be prepared.

Ashley Madison, the dating website famous for encouraging its users to have affairs, recently conducted a 1,500-person survey to find out why and how people cheat.

The results were distressing: 44% of men say they've cheated on a partner, while 55% have thought about cheating. For women, just 39% say they've had an affair, and only 35% admit they've thought about it.

But the survey also uncovered something very useful. The cheaters listed how they communicate in secret to avoid being uncovered, and the survey ranked the five most common methods. The results are helpful for any suspicious partners out there.

5. A secret phone

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It takes a lot of extra cash and some serious hiding skills to plan your affair on a second phone, but 11% of cheaters surveyed say that's their method of choice.

It should be easy to spot a second phone, but there are ways to check if your partner's "work phone" is genuine too. For one thing, actual work phones are usually a newer model, while thrifty cheaters are known to pick out a cheap flip phone.

4. Social media

While it can be difficult to keep tabs on your partner when they're using a social media site, just 18% of cheaters say they communicate on social media.

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Be on the lookout for any social media apps or sites you don't recognize, and don't be afraid to ask your partner about which ones they're using.

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