Flirting While Taken: Harmless and Fun? Or Dangerous and Misleading?

Flirting Flirting. Are we really still making the case that it's harmless and fun?

In order to make any case for or against it, we need to define it, right? Well, webster defines it as -"to behave in a way that shows a sexual attraction for someone but is not meant to be taken seriously."

I mean, let's be real. How can one make a case for sending sexually ambiguous messages to another person other than their partner and it be okay? Maybe y'all can fill me in.

Flirting is how folks on the dating scene gauge interest in one another. It's fun, playful and exciting. So how can you be in a committed relationship while still gauging interest in folks outside of your partnership?

At the end of the day, we have to be able to discern whether our actions are building our relationship up or if we're playing with fire for the sake of an ego boost.

And I know a lot of folks will make the case that their intentions are pure, but the fact still remains that it's very likely your flirting will be mistaken for actual interest. Not to mention that it often fosters jealousy and even infidelity if not handled with extreme care.

That said, it's imperative that you and your mate discuss where you draw the line. What might seem innocent and friendly to you can be flirtatious and inappropriate for them. Especially these days when it comes to flirting online with likes, comments and direct messages on social media.

If you're having trouble finding common ground to agree on, I'd suggest taking a look at this post from Psych Central that catalogues 9 red flags to consider when it comes to what's considered crossing the line or not.

When it comes to flirting, folks will continue to make the case either way for whether it's wrong or not while in a relationship, but regardless of where you stand, just ask yourself this question, "Is it worth the risk?"