Study shows infidelity gender gap may be closing

Studies have long shown that men cheat more than women — and not just in politics, either. As recently as the ’90s, research showed that 10-15% of women reported being unfaithful. But new research out of Indiana University in Bloomington (home to the esteemed Kinsey Institute) finds that this gender gap may be closing: in a study of 900 men and women, 19% of women and 23% of men reported cheating.

This could be due in part to more women being in the workplace, where there are more opportunities to be unfaithful. Not to mention Facebook et al, which open up infidelity to everyone from stay-at-home moms to people formerly too shy to act on their cheatin’ urges.

Then again, the study authors say, it could simply be a matter of men cutting themselves more slack: This study didn’t ask the participants to define what “infidelity” means to them — in other words, the Weiners of the world might be okay with their own chweeting, while women are more likely to beat themselves up about it. Suffice it to say, infidelity is a hell of a lot more complicated than it was a few decades back.


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