Here’s some relationship news to be mindful of before your next date. A new study has made an unexpected discovery about the potential for women to cheat.
The survey, conducted by dating website Illicit Encounters, revealed that women are more likely to be unfaithful if their mothers had also betrayed their partners.
According to Indy100, the site, which provides a dating service for married people, asked 1,000 of their male and female clients about what prompted their infidelity. It found that 71 per cent of women who had affairs said their mothers also had too. In contrast, 45 per cent of the men questioned said their fathers had cheated.
The research also uncovered surprising results around the influence parents have over their children’s decision to stray from their partners. Over half of the women surveyed said they felt they were allowed to cheat because their mothers had done, while 89 per cent of men felt the opposite. They said they would stop their affair if they were found out by their fathers.
“Contrary to popular belief, most men aren’t necessarily proud of the ‘lad’ status given to them by their mates if they sleep around,” Christian Grant, a spokesperson for Illicit Encounters explained. “Though it might appear that way, deep down they fear the potential backlash from their fathers, irrespective of whether they have a history of cheating themselves.”
Grant added that really, the reason behind people’s desire to cheat all comes down to one thing; guilt.
“It’s a seemingly inexplicable difference in mentalities: women see their mother’s transgressions as a permission to cheat, whereas men still feel a certain guilt hanging over their heads no matter their family history,” he said.