Why Do Americans Cheat?

March 8 – International Women’s Day – is a time when people’s thoughts turn to romance, flowers, candle-lit dinners…

But what about cheating?

Eric Anderson, a sociologist at the University of Winchester, the author of “The Monogamy Gap: Men, Love, and the Reality of Cheating” published the article after interviewed  120 straight and gay undergraduate men in Britain and the United States, as well as broader research into monogamy. Here are some his conclusions, that were published in Washington Post:

“America today may seem more sexually relaxed than in the buttoned-down years immediately following World War II, yet pioneering research by Alfred Kinsey found that married men cheated at rates of around 50 percent Estimates today find married men cheating at rates between 25 % and 72 %.

In Kinsey’s day, the meaning of cheating was simpler — it involved physical contact with another person. But today, the Internet and its democratization of pornography not only make yesterday’s stigmatized bedroom activities seem mundane but also force us to ask what defines cheating. A few erotic text messages? Former congressman Anthony Weiner’s lewd pics? What about a live Internet sex show, or “camming” — online sex via webcam?

In a 1991 study, sex researcher Shere Hite found that 70% of married women have cheated on their partners; a 1993 follow-up study found that 72% of married men have as well. According to a 2004 University of Chicago study, 25% of married men have had at least one extramarital affair.

Cheating and affairs are more common among the rich and less common in conservative cultures.”

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