Surprised much? We're not.
A new study from the University of Texas at Austin found that men are more than twice as likely to stay with their girlfriend after they've cheated with another woman than after they've cheated with another man. We ladies, on the other hand, are less likely to continue dating a man that has had a same-sex affair than one who's slept with a woman. Is Flirting On Twitter Or Facebook Considered Cheating?
The study surveyed 700 college students, asking them to imagine they were in committed relationships with someone they had been dating for three months. They were then asked to respond to different scenarios in which their partner had been unfaithful with either a man, a woman, multiple men or multiple women. Infidelity: Is Divorce Always The Result?
Men were 50 percent likely to stay with a woman after she had cheated with another woman, but only 22 percent likely to stay with a partner who had strayed with the opposite sex. As for women, 28 percent would continue to date a boyfriend who has had an affair with another woman, while 21 percent would stay with a man who has had a same-sex affair.
The study's findings suggest that men are only really threatened by indiscretions that come in the way of their paternity of offspring. According to Jaime C. Confer, the study's lead author, "A robust jealousy mechanism is activated in men and women by different types of cues, those that threaten paternity in men and those that threaten abandonment in women."
Men also view a partner's homosexual affair as an "opportunity to mate with more than one woman simultaneously, satisfying men's greater desire for more partners," say the authors. May we add their desire to watch two women get it on and their desire for threesomes? Oh, men, you are so predictable.
Should same-sex and opposite-sex cheating be treated equally, or is it more OK to cheat with women? Sound off in the comments.
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