Why do people cheat? It can feel like an impossible question to answer — especially as everyone will have their own reasons. But it's natural to wonder how and why cheating happens, especially because cheating can have such a destructive effect on a relationship.
But a new study gives some interesting insight into what makes us more likely to stray. Researchers at Florida State University followed 233 newly married couples for up to three and a half years, looking at a variety of factors and, of course, whether or not they cheated. They argued that, in a time when we're constantly plugged in, it's more important than ever to understand what leads people to stray.
“With the advent of social media, and thus the increased availability of and access to alternative partners, understanding how people avoid the temptation posed by alternative partners may be more relevant than ever to understanding relationships," the authors said.
One of the most surprising things about the study was that people who had better sex — those who reported being more satisfied with their sex lives in their relationship — weremore likely to cheat. It spins the idea that cheating is all about being sex-deprived right on its head. Instead, the authors suggested that it may be that these people feel more positive about sex generally, and have a tendency to seek it out, whether they're in a relationship or not.
But that wasn't all the researchers found. Here are the other factors that influenced whether or not someone would cheat because, well, it's pretty complicated.