A new Texas divorce study out of Texas A&M University has determined that men cheat more than women, not because of a lack of self-control, but more because they have stronger sexual impulses than their female counterparts.
If you’re like us, you’re probably thinking:
How Do They Know?
Well, we’ve got to hand it to them. Researchers used two pretty creative studies to arrive at their conclusion.
In the first study, they asked 70 male participants and 149 females how they had reacted to real-life sexual temptations in their past.
“When men reflected on their past sexual behavior, they reported experiencing relatively stronger impulses and acting on those impulses more than women did,” said Natasha Tidwell, one of the study’s authors, in a press release.
Paul Eastwick, another of the study’s co-authors, believes cheating most often occurs when men fail to utilize self-control and give in to their sexual impulses.
“Men have plenty of self-control — just as much as women,” Eastwick said. “However, if men fail to use self-control, their sexual impulses can be quite strong. This is often the situation when cheating occurs.”
In other words, guys, if you choose to use your self-control, you’re just as capable of finding a way out of the situation as women are.
The Second Study
Perhaps the most interesting part of the research (for us) was the second study in which researchers used a rapid-response test on 326 men and 274 women in which participants were shown photos of potential romantic partners and asked whether or not they’d like to enter into a romantic relationship with that person.
The photos depicted both attractive and unattractive people with information telling whether the person would be relationship material.
Overwhelmingly, men were more likely to choose attractive persons, even when those individuals were poor matches.
What It Means For Marriage And Divorce
Even though adultery has shown signs of being a lesser reason for why people file divorce papers, it can still cause a great deal of turbulence in a marriage and indirectly lead to the end of a lot of marriages more than any other reason.
It’s something that can affect both combative and uncontested divorce proceedings, and the more you know about it, the more you may be able to avoid it when opportunities present themselves in the future.