Do you follow your ex on social media? That's micro-cheating.

Did you send a friend a winky face emoji? Well then, you're probably cheating on your significant other and should be reprimanded immediately. At least, that's according to the guidelines of micro-cheating, a new relationship term causing hot debate online.

Micro-cheating is a series of seemingly small actions that indicate a person is emotionally or physically focused on someone outside of the relationship, Australian psychologist Melanie Schilling told The Daily Mail.

Schilling says that when it comes to micro-cheating, you could be a serial cheater and not even realize it. An article in The Guardian listed some ways that you can spot a micro-cheater and see if you are one yourself.

Do you follow your ex on social media? Do you post selfies where you look hot as fire? Do you like photos people posted from weeks earlier? Have you ever used the eggplant emoji? You're a micro-cheater.

A 2016 Thought Catalog article, "33 Ways Your Boyfriend Is Micro-cheating On You (And Totally Getting Away With It") gives its own characteristics of micro-cheating, including leaving a server "an obscenely large tip just because she's hot," entering someone's number into your phone under a code name and checking someone else's social media pages more than his SO's.

Not everyone is onboard with this new definition of infidelity and many people have voiced the ludicrousness of micro-cheating on Twitter.

But Schilling says there's one important factor that divides friendship from micro-cheating -- secrecy.

"Things you should look out for are if your partner is having private conversations or online chats that he/she quickly shuts down when you enter the room or if they are reaching out to an ex to mark an anniversary or other significant shared, intimate event," Schilling said.

Whether micro-dating is a real, rising issue or not, social media has certainly made the dating world much more complex.

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