Our first set of statistics focuses on how frequently unfaithfulness occurs between the sexes and how attitudes about cheating vary. The data we found suggests that only 21% of men have ever been unfaithful to their spouse or significant other. While that's a fairly low number, it represents a 40% increase over the past two decades. What percentage of men would cheat if they knew they'd never get caught? Surprisingly, 68% of women said they'd green light an affair if there was no chance of their current partner finding out. In that same study, 34% of wives who were surveyed claimed to be largely satisfied with the relationships they had with their spouses, identifying themselves as "happy" or "very happy." While numerous studies have attempted to link infidelity to one factor or another, pinpointing the root cause is difficult. Among men who've been unfaithful, 23% said it was a one-time thing. Statistically, women appear to be more likely to have frequent dalliances than men. When it comes to multiple infidelities, women are the worst culprits, with 47% of those who've strayed acknowledging at least 6 or more incidents. Women who are completely dependent on their husbands financially are 50% less likely to cheat, while men were least likely to stray when their wives earned 75% of their income or less. The mean IQ of men who've had an affair outside their marriage is 102.4 versus 100.5 for men who haven't. hovers somewhere around 40 to 50% but oddly enough, only about 15% of marriages break up because of infidelity.The fear of getting caught red-handed is a pretty strong deterrent for most people, but 74% of men say they'd step out on their partners if they knew they'd be able to get away with it. We decided to take a look at what things may influence the likelihood of cheating and how often infidelity actually occurs. Interestingly, only 17% of women who have cheated said the same. In a poll of confirmed cheaters, 36% of women said it happened between 2 and 5 times compared to 33% of men. Men aren't far behind, with 44% admitting to a consistent pattern of cheating. Among women, the difference is 104.6 versus 101.5 for cheaters and non-cheaters. Research shows that "unreasonable behavior" accounts for about half of all divorces. How many people consider emotional affairs cheating?This is not an indication of a security issue such as a virus or attack.
If you think you can shift the extramarital relationship back to something more innocent, you're probably wrong, says Vaughan.
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Get the inside scoop on how many people cheat, what causes them to, and what the average affair looks like. It seems like stories about cheating pop up everywhere you go.
Am I either downplaying the relationship to friends or family members, or keeping it a secret altogether? Not only do we have the option to connect with someone at work, online "affairs" are rife, says Jessica Le Roy, founder and clinical director of the Center for the Psychology of Women. Many people have a hard time seeing what's so wrong about this type of friendship.
"Now, if you're thinking about your old boyfriend, you can probably find him on Facebook." Plus, online communication makes connection both easier and more intense, more quickly. Culturally, we tend to believe that cheating is having sex with someone other than your spouse, period.