Unhappy women and one-minute men more likely to cheat

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A study found that:

- Men and women are equally likely to cheat (Men: 23%, Women: 19%).

- For men, significant predictors of infidelity are personality variables, including propensity for sexual excitation (becoming easily aroused by many triggers and situations) and concern about sexual performance failure. "People might seek out high-risk situations to help them become aroused, or they might choose to have sex with a partner outside of their regular relationship because they feel they have an 'out' if the encounter doesn't go well -- they don't have to see them again," says Robin Milhausen, a professor and sexuality researcher involved in the study.

- For women, relationship happiness is the determinant. Women who are dissatisfied with their relationship are more than twice as likely to cheat; those who feel they are sexually incompatible with their partners are nearly three times as likely.

So I don't blame men for reading up alot about how to keep a woman happy in bed but an unhealthy obsession may result in fear of sexual performance failure, resulting in a higher propensity to cheat.


"All kinds of things predict infidelity," Milhausen said. "What this study says is that when you put all of those things together, for men, personality characteristics are so strong they bounce everything else out of the model. For women, in the face of all other variables, it's still the relationship that is the most important predictor."


Believe it when a man says, "It's not you; it's me," but don't believe it when a woman says that!


Read more: Sexual Anxiety, Personality Predictors of Infidelity

2 comments:

~Pink Miu Miu~ said...

Quite true.. but also impt to communicate.

Many times, infidelity happens when both parties fail to communicate or do not want to communicate anymore…

David said...

Yu-Kym,

There is some common sense aspects of the study.

Men who worry to much about sexual performance might be expecting hot and frequent sex to keep a women happy when he fails the relationship in other areas.

Great sex no matter how good can excuse other major character flaws.

David