Is Texting Cheating

Is Texting Cheating?

The only good answer to "is texting cheating?” is "it depends." Texting itself is amoral, and in most countries is completely legal. To answer "Yes" to "is texting cheating?" is the same as saying money is evil, when one actually means it is the root of all evil. Money, like texting, is neither good nor bad; it's how you use it.

 

 

It's probably fair to say that around 99% of the time text messages being sent from one person to another do not involve cheating or any intent to do so. What the technology does is it makes cheating easier in some instances than it would be otherwise, and consequently can make cheating more of a temptation. It's easier to transmit an exam answer across a room to someone else by a text message, especially since many cell phones allow one to do this silently, than to use the old fashioned method of passing a piece of paper, an extremely risky process if there are several people who have to handle the paper from the source to its destination. Texting a message that says "how R U doing?"  is not cheating, but if the message says, "Ques. 4 Ans. Andrew Jackson”, it is cheating, even if the answer is wrong.

Is Using Facebook Cheating? - It's the same in personal relationships. Is texting cheating when a message is sent to a person of the opposite sex you've always liked, but you're married to someone else?  The answer depends partially on the message, and partially on the intent of the message. In this respect, texting is no different than sending an e-mail or contacting someone through Classmates.com or on Facebook. Most of us get a kick out of getting in touch with a former classmate that we haven't seen in many years, and unless that classmate is an old flame, and the flame still burns brightly, contacting that person doesn't necessarily constitute cheating. Again, intent is usually the key.

Cheating on a best friend or spouse can involve personal contact, the telephone, or the US mail, in which case one always faces the possibility of getting caught in the act, such as by a phone call answered by the wrong person or a letter that gets intercepted. Even e-mail is not without its risks. We hear all the time about e-mails being resurrected and appearing in court cases or made public on the airways. Texting is a little more secure. Unless you have the CIA on your tail, you're text messages aren't apt to get intercepted, yet it's always possible that the wrong person could be holding the cell phone when a message is sent.

So Many Gray Areas - Sometimes one can contact someone who is physically in another city, another state, or even another country, and strike up a new relationship or rekindle and old one. If the two involved never meet, and never really plan to, even though they might like to someday, is texting cheating in this case? That can be a bit harder to answer. Communicating with someone from a distance can sometimes be no different than communicating with a make-believe or fantasy person. Many, if not most people have fantasies, and unless one becomes totally obsessed with the fantasy no harm is usually done, and most would not regard spending time with a fantasy figure as cheating. Some cheat and don't believe they're doing anything of the kind. Others feel guilty about cheating when in truth they may have done nothing of the sort. There are all sorts of gray areas when it comes to cheating, but the answer usually has something to do with intent. All we know is that with each new technological innovation it seems to get easier to do things we should be doing as well as things we probably should not be doing, and cheating is no exception.

Is texting cheating? There's no pat answer.