Lately, it seems wherever you turn there is a study on infidelity or adultery. You may have noticed that more and more studies show women catching up to men in their promiscuous pursuits. For example, CNN recently ran an article called Moms Gone Wild detailing the accepted unfaithfulness among married women in the 40 and up range. If you believe in the influence of media on society, one might simply chalk this up to the aftermath of Sex and the City resulting in sex in the city. Whatever the cause, there is one undeniable fact: more women are having (or at least admitting to having) affairs than ever before.
To be fair, men are still the more unfaithful of the two sexes, but the gap is closing. The best estimates are that 20 percent of men are unfaithful compared to 15 percent of women. However, a recent study found that once women decide to cheat; they have more partners while doing so, 2.8 sexual partners compared to 1.8 for men to be exact. This study also notes that women statistically cheat earlier in the marriage, “While unfaithful men don’t have their first affair until almost six years of married life the average female cheater strays just five years after exchanging wedding vows.” So, why are more women being unfaithful?
I’ve heard a couple theories…
Women are better liars and better cheaters
I’d like to say this is false, but it is actually somewhat true. Studies show that, overall, women are better liars than men – whether being a better liar makes you a better cheat is up for debate but I’m sure it doesn’t hurt – because they are “more psychologically sophisticated” than men. In other words, women are wired differently than men.