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Who Is More Forgiving Of Cheating: Men Or Women?

Who Is More Forgiving Of Cheating: Men Or Women?

Are you a firm believer in the old adage: "Once a cheater, always a cheater?" Or would you be (or, even, have you already been) inclined to work things out with your partner if you discovered that he or she was cheating? If you chose the latter, you're not alone. In fact, according to a recent survey by online dating site, 42 percent of adults would be willing to reconcile and rebuild their relationship after a significant other was sexually unfaithful.

Women are a bit more forgiving, and become more forgiving with age (wisdom or resignation?): 46 percent of female respondents would be willing to repair the relationship, compared with 37 percent of male respondents. And that number gap only increases with age — 53 percent of females age 55 and up felt favorably about working things out, whereas just 35 percent men of that age did. 

With age, it seems, both men and women become more liberal: 65 percent of adults over 55 believe that dating multiple people at once is acceptable. Surprisingly, although younger generations are often credited with being more live-and-let-live in their dating lives, only 45 percent of respondents between 18 and 34 said they believe in the double-dipping (or triple, or...)

Though many people wouldn't forgive a partner for cheating under any circumstances, many of us, for various reasons, would at least begin to go in that direction. Many experts, including those on YourTango, have helpful advice on how to move toward reconciliation, and how to understand why cheating occurs. Check them out — they could save your relationship.

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