Helen Fisher: Women Are Better Cheaters Than Men

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Women are "better" at cheating because they think more contextually, experts say.

Does social media make cheating easier? This was just one of the questions asked during last week's South By Southwest Panel, "The Algorithm Method: Love In The Social Media Age," where our founder and CEO Andrea Miller spoke. 

As it turns out, Twitter and Facebook have not been facilitating cheating, according to renowned relationships expert and biological anthropologist Helen Fisher, Ph.D. 

"There is simply no evidence to prove that technology and social media are causing more cheating," she said. "There are very clear indicators of cheating within the architecture of the brain, and the human brain has not changed in over 2,000 years. If you're a cheater, you're going to cheat. If you don't meet your ex-girlfriend from high school through Facebook and sleep with her, you're certainly going to find someone else."

What does serve an indicator of cheating is a high testosterone level, said Fisher. When patients are injected with testosterone, it not only heightens their sex drive, but also their tendency toward narcissism. Interestingly, women are better at cheating and not getting caught, she said. "You often don't catch the women. Because women naturally think more contextually. They consider long-term vision and potential consequences much more thoroughly before acting." So there you have it — women cheat too, we just do it "smarter" than men. A dubious distinction to have.

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