The rate of cheating women has increased drastically,before there used to be men mainly cheating,but now woemn are also caught in the mix. Check these findings am sure they would help you have a deeper look at this monstor and how to deal with it or avoid it.
Q: Can you explain the core findings of your study?
A: My research finds a relationship between economic dependency and one’s likelihood of engaging in infidelity such that, for men, the more economically dependent one is on a female partner, the more likely he is to engage in infidelity.
Ironically, the research also indicates that the more economically dependent a man’s female partner is on him, the more likely he is to engage in infidelity. In other words, the couples that are most “safe” from cheating, are those in which both partners contribute relatively equally to the shared income pool, or partnerships where the man makes a little more than the woman.
For women, economic dependency seems to have the opposite effect: the more dependent women are on their male partners, the less likely they are to engage in infidelity. Conversely, the more they make relative to their male partners, the more likely they are to cheat. I also looked at this relationship for different racial and ethnic subgroups, and found that, for Hispanic men, being economically dependent on a female partner dramatically increases the likelihood that one will engage in infidelity.
Q: Why are men more likely to cheat on high-earning female partners?
A: I argue that, for men, making less money than a female partner may threaten men’s gender identity by calling into question the
traditional notion of men as breadwinners. And, this relationship may be particularly strong for certain subgroups of the population that highly value traditional masculinity like Latino men. However, I’m sure that a variety of factors influence one’s decision to engage in infidelity. For example, previous research shows that people with certain personality characteristics are more likely to engage in infidelity, and that people presented with opportunities to cheat, are more likely to engage in infidelity. These factors probably influence the decision as well.
Q: What about men who earn a lot more than their female partners? How likely are they to cheat?
A: Men who make 100 percent of the household income are about 1.6 times more likely to cheat on their female partners who make nothing, compared to couples that make about the same. There might be several factors at play here. Individuals who make a lot of money may also spent a lot of time away from home, travel a lot, or feel more entitled. It is also easier, when you make a lot of money, to conceal purchases like hotel rooms.
Q: Are relationships where both partners make roughly the same amount of money the most likely to produce fidelity? Why or why not?
A: Yes, looking just at economic dependency, couples that make the same amount of money – and couples in which the woman makes up to 75 percent of the man’s income – are the least likely to cheat. However, it is important to remember that a couple may make about the same; yet one or both of the partners may have an increased likelihood of cheating for other reasons. For example, if the couple is young, it is more likely that one of the partners will cheat.
Q: Did you find any evidence of what kind of partners women are most likely to cheat on?
A: No, but it is a great question! Maybe next time!
Q: Do your findings translate into any advice for women?
A: First, I think it is important to note that no one is “responsible” for someone else cheating – no matter how much money they make. The person who cheats, is the one who broke the agreement. Regardless, cheating is a relatively rare event in the context of a committed relationship. Only 3.8 percent of men and 1.4 percent of women cheated in any given year during the six-year period studied. So, just because you make more, the chances are still relatively small that your partner will stray. More importantly, no one should look at these numbers and think that their own relationship is headed for disaster.
As a sociologist, my job is to look at overall trends. We can never know precisely why one individual cheats, and there are always a lot of factors that go into one’s decision to cheat. However, if I had to give one piece of advice, it would be to choose your partner wisely. You want to be with someone who is confident and secure with himself and his accomplishments, and someone who is genuinely happy to see you succeed. Cheating aside, this makes for a happier, healthier relationship in the long run