New Cheating Study: People Can Be Ruthless!


Our friends at Women's Health magazine surveyed over 1,300 women for a new cheating study. They're publishing the results in their November issue but, before you buy it, here's a sneak preview of their (disturbing, disheartening) findings:

  • 46.3 percent of the women surveyed have been romantically involved with a "taken" man
Of the 46.3 percent who cheated...
  • 32.2 percent of the flings were premeditated, while 67.8 percent were spontaneous
  • 24 percent said he was the husband of boyfriend of someone she knew
Did his commitment to another woman come into play?
  • 40.5 percent said they were bothered by it, but not enough to put on the brakes
  • 27.1 percent said his commitment is his responsibility, not mine
  • 21 percent didn't think about it
  • 10.2 percent said if he's cheating on her, their relationship will end anyway
In regards to the appeal of his taken status...
  • 43.5 percent said his status is irrelevant; I just wanted him
  • 21.7 percent said it guaranteed the relationship wouldn't get serious
  • 19.6 percent said he treated every minute with me like it was a vacation
  • 15 percent said the sneaking around made sex extra-exciting
How long did it last?
  • 20 percent of the affairs lasted a few weeks
  • 29.9 percent went on for several months
  • 22.9 percent kept the forbidden flame alive for a year or more
Is cheating ever acceptable?
  • 20.7 percent of the women surveyed said there are circumstances in which cheating with a taken man is justified [Editor's note: What are they?]
  • 9.2 percent said if a woman wants a man, she should pursue him [Editor's note: Yowzaz.]
  • 11.5 percent said only if he's planning on leaving his wife/girlfriend
Do scandals in the media change the perception of cheating?
  • 67.9 percent of the women surveyed think Angelina Jolie's continued popularity is an indication that the other women is being stigmatized less now than in the past
Non-cheaters--53.7 percent of the women surveyed--speak out...
  • 68.5 percent have a female friend who's been involved with a taken man
  • 79 percent have a male friend who has cheated on his wife or girlfriend


Plus, Sex and cheating: stress-relievers during scary economic times?

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