7 Things You Didn’t Know About Cheating

We know that cheating happens, but do we always know why or who is doing it? Luckily, science has a lot of the answers so we know what to look for in our relationships. So what red flags have you been missing? These seven things!

  1. Women who earn more are more vulnerable to be cheated on. Sadly, killing it at work backfires on women. A study published in the American Sociological Review found female breadwinners are three times more likely to have cheating spouses than male breadwinners. Researchers believe it has to do with men feeling insecure about their masculinity and seeking validation elsewhere.
  2. Cheaters are hardly ever satisfied. Some think that when they come across a better suitor while in a relationship, then all they have to do is end their relationship and start one with the new person. However, studies have shown people who are “poached” from a relationship have decreasing levels of satisfaction and commitment than the person who wasn’t poached. They are always thinking the grass is greener on the other side.
  3. Beware of dating someone who is an age ending with 9. Research from Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences found that people who are on the cusp of a big birthday are more likely to make big moves like picking up new habits, cheating, or commiting suicide! The year before turning 30, 40, and are 50 are huge for us and we begin to reevaluate things, so beware.
  4. Men get more upset about physical cheating, women get more upset about emotional cheating. Cheating can happen through being physical with someone else, but also by making someone other than your partner your confidant. A study has shown 54 percent of men fear more about the physical part and 35 percent of women hate the thought of their man being emotionally tied to someone else. Both however are harmful to a relationship.
  5. P*rn watchers are more likely to stray. Many ladies get bad vibes when their partners are watching p*rn, and it looks like they might have good reason. A study from University of Central Florida found people who are in relationships and watch p*rn are more likely to cheat than those who don’t. Not good!
  6. Sexual narcissists are also more likely to be guilty of it. If the person you’re dating believes he or she can do no wrong in the sack, then you might have reason to worry. People who believe they are amazing in bed, into sexual exploitation, has sexual entitlement, and little or no sexual empathy are more likely to step out, according to results of a questionnaire. Sounds like a terrible sexual partner anyways.
  7. Facebook is full of cheaters. You would like to think that the website is more for people wanting to check in on their friends and family, but there are more sinister reasons people are using it. A psychologist found people like to lookup their exes or people from their past on Facebook and inappropriate relationships start from there.
Nicole Weaver is a staff writer for YourTango and regularly contributes to Hollywood, The Bolde, and Proud2BMe. She is a lover of all things entertainment meaning she spends most of her nights in New York binge watching television shows. Follow her on Twitter at @nikkibernice.