Some people in relationships don't like it when their significant other has friends of the opposite sex. Some people may find it ridiculous, but seems that people who are against same-sex friendships may have a good reason to be skeptical. That's because some people are cushioning.
Cushioning is when you chat and flirt with others to cushion the potential blow of your a break-up with your significant other. So basically, if John breaks up with Suzie today, he'll be fine because he's been flirting with Cindy throughout his relationship. And apparently, it's a problem in the U.S. and abroad.
The UK's The Tab, spoke to one woman who said that even though she spent every night with her now boyfriend, "I had at least two or three guys that I was stringing along in the occasion that things didn't work out."
She was indeed cushioning, and her mind, she wasn't cheating. She never made out or sleep with any of the guys. She just kept them around just in case.
There are a number of reasons people do it. Some people want to feel like a player without actually being one. Others may be questioning their relationship and don't want to be alone. Regardless of the reason, whether it's considered cheating or not is still up for debate.