9 Reasons Why Men Cheat
Is He Being Unfaithful to You?
By The Lifescript Editorial Staff
Men like Rep. Chris Lee, Jesse James and Tiger Woods had it all: talent, fame, money, and a beautiful family. Yet with everything to lose, they were accused of cheating on their wives. Why DO men stray? Here are 9 reasons…
Approximately 40% of men seek sexual satisfaction outside their relationships, estimates Kat Hertlein, Ph.D., professor of human development at the
That number hasn’t changed much since 1950, when the famous Kinsey sex study found that 50% of
Why They Cheat
The No.1 reason: Men crave sexual “variety,” according to David Buss, professor of psychology at the
“They’ve evolved the desire to be with different women,” he says.
That’s because it’s very simple for men to reproduce (one act of sex versus nine months of pregnancy for women), so to create as many offspring as possible they’re biologically programmed to mate with many women.
“The ‘payoff’ in reproductive currencies [kids] of a short-term mating strategy generally has been higher for men than women,” Buss says.
So after thousands of generations, “this has forged in the male brain a desire for sexual variety.”
Other top reasons men cheat? They’re unhappy with their mates - and extramarital sex is cheaper and easier to get these days, Buss says.
And "power wives" beware: Being married to a high-profile guy ups the odds he’ll wander.
“Women are attracted to men who have power and status, so public figures usually have plenty of opportunity,” Buss says.
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