Commonly quoted statistics suggest that more men are unfaithful to their partners than women. But how reliable are the figures and, if it takes two to tango, is it even mathematically possible?
On the face of it, the evidence does not look good for men.
The 2006 American General Social Survey found that nearly twice as many married men as women admitted to having had sexual relations with someone other than their spouse.
The UK’s last major study of sexual behaviour – the 2000 National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal) – found that 15% of men had had “overlapping” relationships in the previous year, but only 9% of women.
- Women must accept that men can’t help being unfaithful (thesun.co.uk)
- A followup: Women cheat more than men, but rationalize it away (recoveringwayward.wordpress.com)
- Unfaithfulness in men may be associated with higher risk of cardiovascular events (casesblog.blogspot.com)
- Unfaithful (feelthinksay.wordpress.com)