How do you put a face to infidelity? The answer is, you can't. Just as you were taught not to judge a book by its cover, it's near impossible to look someone in the eye and, in just one glance, know they're a cheater.
These are external links and will open in a new window. Commonly quoted statistics suggest that more men are unfaithful to their partners than women. But how reliable are the figures and, if it takes two to tango, is it even mathematically possible?
What constitutes an act of infidelity depends upon the exclusivity expectations within the relationship. When they are not met, research has found that psychological damage can occur, including feelings of rage and betrayallowering of sexual and personal confidenceand damage to self-image. The form and extent of these consequences are often dependent on the gender of the unfaithful person.
Anthropology, calculus, sociology, biology -- if you have a child in college, it's likely he or she is learning something about those topics, much of which they may forget once they graduate. But there's one topic many young adults are learning about while they're getting their degree that they may carry with them for the rest of their lives. Cheating in relationships -- not just in classes -- is relatively common among college students, notes Glenn Geher, director of evolutionary studies at SUNY New Paltz.
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Men and women are both capable of having an affair, but men are roped into the stereotype a lot more often than women. This begs the question: do men cheat more often than women? Is there some merit to this long-accepted myth?
Sometimes I worry that society is becoming immune to infidelity and cheating in a romantic relationship. For instance, one common statistic I hear thrown out there is that 50 percent of relationships involve infidelity. Sadly, that statistic is not based upon any scientific research. I last talked about infidelity a few years ago, and why people cheat.
But there are some questions about this data, which is largely self-reported. Do respondents to the surveys used by social scientists lie? And do the numbers on who gets caught align with the numbers of cheating?
No, people don't cheat just because there's a lack of romance in their relationship. So, throw out every stereotype you know about infidelity, and check out these eight astonishing facts:. This study suggests the real reasons for infidelity go beyond just a simple lack of romance. Chatting on Facebook might seem harmless, but not to some.