Cheating is rife everywhere you go these days, but that doesn’t make most people any more tolerant of it now. Many are still baffled about why their partners strayed and many more just can’t forgive infidelity. A lot of research have gone into understanding the dynamics of infidelity but it seems like we’re still as confused as ever.
To make help you make a little(very little) sense of cheating and cheaters, here are some interesting facts about infidelity:
1. Women are more likely to become cheaters if their mothers were – This is according to a survey by Illicit Encounters , an dating site in Britain that deals with extra-marital affairs. In a poll of about 2000 of their members, more than 70% of the women who owned up to having been unfaithful to their partners, had mothers who cheated. Apparently, cheating could become a family legacy that is passed on by example.
2. Wednesday seem to be favourite “cheating” Day
According to Ashley Madison dating site, a lot more people cheat on Wednesdays between 5 and 7pm at night. The popularity of Wednesday for infidelity may be why it’s called “hump day”.
3. Men who cheat are more prone to heart attacks
The University of Florence conducted a study which showed that “sudden coital death” for men has a higher record of occurring with extra-marital relationships than with a spouse or partner.
Another reason not to cheat.
4. Cheaters don’t often get something better
Cheaters often find their partners more attractive than those they cheat with – Extra-marital dating site, Victoria Milan in a poll of more than 4000 members, revealed that most cheaters think their partners to be more beautiful or attractive than those they choose to be unfaithful with.
You have to ask why.
5. infidelity happens even in happy relationships
Studies have revealed that infidelity is not always caused by relationship dissatisfaction.
Many partners who consider their relationships happy or satisfactory have also admitted to cheating. Some of them have suggested that genetics might be involved; meaning that some people may just more prone to philandering than others.
5. Infidelity may actually have genetic roots
The DrD4 gene has been identified as the gene in our bodies that causes us to want excitement and adrenaline-inducing and risky activity. There is the possibility that the more potent this gene in a person, the higher the chances of promiscuity and the tendency to stray.
This is really interesting.
6. Social Networks can make you cheat
The Journal of Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking published a study which indicates that social networking sites can be (aren’t they already?) triggers for infidelity. This is because many of them spur their users to re-connect with their old lovers and flings. This seems to be making more affairs possible and breaking up more once stable relationships and marriages.
7. Cheating hardly achieves anything good
Most cheaters have admitted to feeling miserable and guilty after engaging in acts of infidelity. Many confess further that they remain as unsatisfied as they were before cheating even after; some say they feel more unsatisfied and desperate. This may even cause them to take rash decisions about their relationships which they may later regret.