A research published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology found that most heterosexual men say they'd be more upset if their partner was having a sexual relationship with someone else but hadn't fallen in love with that person. Most women, on the other hand, say they'd be more upset if their partner had fallen in love with someone else but hadn't had sex with that person. In , researchers looked at activity on Ashley Madison, a dating site for people who are already in relationships.
They came to a fascinating conclusion, which was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The men studied were more likely to seek extramarital affairs when their age ends in the number nine. In other words, right before they hit the big or , they have a greater chance of trying to find meaning in life by having a relationship with someone who isn't their partner. The researchers observed a similar, but smaller, effect among women, according to The Wall Street Journal.
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A growing body of research suggests that certain people are more likely to be unfaithful, depending on their biology. For example, one study from the University of Queensland, published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, found that infidelity was more common among people who had specific types of oxytocin and vasopressin receptor genes. As Richard Friedman, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, explained in The New York Times , vasopressin is a hormone related to social behaviors including trust, empathy, and sexual bonding.
Gary Neuman , who developed the " Creating Your Best Marriage " video program, told Business Insider that it is possible to save your relationship after one partner's been unfaithful. But there are certain guidelines to follow after the infidelity's been discovered, according to Neuman, including:. The cheater has to feel some remorse and want to change their life. The victim has to make sure the cheater has completely stopped cheating. The victim probably shouldn't ask sensitive questions about what exactly went on between the cheater and the other person.
New York Magazine reported that, while infidelity was once considered men's domain, it's now about equally likely among men and women. An analysis by Nicholas Wolfinger at the Institute for Family Studies found that Americans aged 55 and older are now more likely to report having extramarital sex than Americans under That's the opposite of what was happening as recently as the year , when older Americans reported having less extramarital sex in the annual General Social Survey.
Wolfinger submits a number of potential reasons for this growing trend. For one, people now in their 50s and 60s came of age during the sexual revolution. Older Americans have also become less disapproving of sex outside of marriage. An emotional affair is hard to define, but if you suspect your partner might be having one, there are some red flags to watch out for. In her book, " Chatting or Cheating ," licensed marriage and family therapist Sheri Meyers outlines some. For example, when you argue, your partner's fallback position is about your relationship ending.
Or when you ask your partner about their friendship with another person, they get defensive or evasive. For a study published in the Journal of Sex Research, researchers asked participants to indicate the most important reasons why a person wouldn't be unfaithful to their partner. A total of about people living in Israel were surveyed, ranging in age from 24 to 60 years old. All had been married for at least one year and had at least one child. The top four reasons to emerge were morality, the effects on children, fear of remaining alone, and effects on other people especially the extramarital sex partner.
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Interestingly, religious participants were more likely to cite morality and concern for other people as reasons for staying faithful; secular participants were more likely to cite the fear of being alone. Business Insider's Lindsay Dodgson reports that the old adage "once a cheater, always a cheater" could be based in truth.
A study published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior followed nearly adults through two mixed-gender romantic relationships. Researchers asked participants to report their own infidelity and whether they knew or suspected that their partner had been unfaithful. As it turned out, participants who had reported being unfaithful in the first relationship were three times more likely to report being unfaithful in the second, compared to people who hadn't reported infidelity. Interestingly, participants who had reported that their first partner had cheated on them were twice as likely to report that their second partner had cheated on them.
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Close icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Fact 1: Most men are still in love with their wives when they cheat. Men who cheat haven't fallen out of love; they've become unsatisfied with the current state of it. While they're fulfilled in some areas, like being a provider, the romance may be missing.
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Fact 2: Men usually cheat with women they know. Cheaters don't generally pick up random women in bars. The relationships are usually friendships first.
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A good idea: Make sure your husband feels more connected to you than to his business partner. That has to stop," says Rapini. She suggests always going to bed at the same time and cuddling.
Fact 3: Men cheat to save their marriages. Men want it all and have the skewed notion that another woman will make the longing for something more disappear. Then, they can live happily ever after with their wife—and their mistress—without confronting the real issues.
Fact 4: Men hate themselves after affairs. You may think of cheaters as men without morals, but while they may like what they did, they tend to despise themselves after their indiscretions. Orlando, author of The Problem with Women Is Men. Fact 5: Cheaters often get friskier with their wives when affairs begin. Just because a husband's touchy-feely doesn't mean his marriage is on firm footing.
If you notice a sudden change in your husband's sex drive, it should raise a red flag. Be on the lookout for the switch to flip off again. Fact 6: Women cheat just as much as men, and their affairs are more dangerous. An Indiana University study shows that men and women cheat at the same rate. But "the reasons the sexes cheat are different," says Orlando. He explains women are more likely to cheat for emotional satisfaction. Becoming emotionally invested in another person means you've likely checked out of your marriage.
But if it's just sex, it's less about attachment and more about a hurtful mistake. Fact 7: A wife often knows her husband's cheating. They probably did, but couldn't bear to acknowledge it. Brosh, the jilted celebrities were likely doing the same thing: choosing what they could live with for the sake of their kids or to avoid humiliation and the fallout. Fact 8: A couple will never work it out when the husband is in the midst of an affair.