Hi Everyone, your advice and opinions will be gratefully received here - feeling quite flat and low right now.
I'm a 28 year old man, I've been with my girlfriend for 8 years or so, we even bought a place together.
She has been abroad on a business trip attending conferences etc for two weeks, she has just got back.
When I went on the computer yesterday, she had left up the 'Internet History' list. I couldn't help but notice that since returning she had been looking at sites about STIs, how to get yourself checked for STIs, local testing clinics etc. Also she had been looking up this one guy obsessively on Facebook, LinkedIn, Myspace etc., who I have never heard of, and who judging by his job would definitely have been there at these conferences overseas.
I don't think there can be any doubt whatsoever as to what these things mean - but tell me what you think? Is there any rational harmless explanation for this do you think? One of the medical sites was something about 'mouths', so could she just have kissed someone and be ultra paranoid about cold-sores or something?
What I can't understand though is why she would not only not delete the web history (not that i ever check it,) but actually leave it up in plain view? Do you think she might have done it deliberately so I would see it, as a sort of "look what i've been up to - what are you going to do about this you loser?" kind of thing? Or is that far-fetched, just my mind playing tricks, and she stupidly left it by accident?
So, the question is really what I should do about this? Confront her? Drop subtle hints? I am not confrontational and wouldn't in any way enjoy the 'gotcha' situation. That said, I'm not scared of her either. But what the hell do I say? "I was looking at the internet history and.."? How about confronting her by leaving her a note, so as to be less confrontational? Or is that just making it too easy? Or should I do nothing at all? If I confront her, then she will know I know, and then the only thing I can do is dump her really, otherwise it sets a dangerous precedent. But I can't do nothing, because then I'll be torn up by a variety of negative, destructive emotions.
I have deliberately kept out all of our backstory and details up till now in order to keep it simple. However, it's fair to say that we've diverged in the 9 years, and now seldom socialise together and have little in common any more. Also I have been suffering with depression recently which she knows about, which has affected me in many ways recently. I don't feel the horror at being cheated on that most people would probably feel in this situation, possibly because of the depression and a consequent indifference toward her, toward myself, and to life in general. But if she has done this deliberately then it's hurtful that she'd do it at a time when i'm feeling so fragile.
The problem is that I feel like I have to stay with her no matter what because even though I'm just 28 I'm going really badly bald, which unfortunately means that my chances of success in the dating game from now until I'm near retirement are slim to nil. I just want what everyone else wants - a loving partner who I can love and respect and admire and want to cuddle the whole time, but then it's hard to see how this situation could ever get back to that now.
Thank you very much for reading this