Almost all of us have, at some time or other in our lives, either fallen victim to cheating or been the one who did the dirty on a partner – or both. In an ideal world, there’d be no cheating or worrying that your partner is being disloyal at all. But since we don’t live in an ideal world, it’s interesting to study the findings of a U.S survey on infidelity.
Ever Been Disloyal To Your Partner? You’re Not Alone
According to a recent survey by international Internet-based market research firm, YouGov, almost one out of five people asked said they had been unfaithful to their partner at some point in their lives.
The survey was conducted on a sample of 1,000 Americans over 18 years old and asked them about their dating patterns, their past relationship experience and their preferences regarding relationships.
According to the research, there is a clear sign that men think about cheating more than women do. To be more precise, out of those asked, 41% of male participants admitted to having thought about cheating on their partners. On the other hand, it seems that women are less probably to make such thoughts, with only 28% of them admitting that they had thought about doing the deed.
But what about actually doing it? Things are quite different here, as one fifth of both men and women have engaged in such an activity (21% for men and 19% for women).
Differences In Views
When it comes to defining cheating, it seems men and women are at odds. Both agree that sleeping with someone else constitutes cheating, of course, but women see other things as cheating too.
For example, while less than 70% of men view kissing a stranger as cheating, almost 80% of women do. As for exchanging naughty messages with someone, women draw the line with almost 75% of them considering it as cheating, and men being less strict about it (less than 60%).
Women also seem to be more sentimental and men more practical about cheating, with 56% the former branding an emotional (rather than physical) relationship with someone as being unfaithful, while only 38% of the latter see a platonic relationship as cheating.
Regardless of trends, numbers and data, the best idea to avoid being hurt or hurting others is to choose your partner wisely, making sure they are someone you love and admire enough so as not to want to cheat on them in the first place.
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