Why Do Men Cheat?: You Said it

2. It's Easier Than Fixing The Relationship. Although sneaking around takes a lot of effort, many iVillagers believe that much more effort is required to try to salvage a rocky relationship or face up to the difficulties of divorce:

"People have affairs because they are lazy. It is easier to go running off with the office tramp than it is to admit something is wrong with your relationship and make a commitment to work on it." --iVillager jesusfreak1

"I think if people took half the time and effort they would put into sneaking around and channeled that energy into making a great marriage or relationship, they would realize that, most of the time, what they are looking for has always been with them."--iVillager who_dat

"Sometimes the thought of divorcing and changing everyone's lives is much too hard to handle. So the easier choice is an affair. I don't think it's the right choice, but most people will take the easier road, thinking no one will be hurt because they are keeping the marriage and family intact." --iVillager lovestargazer

3. To Feed Their Male Egos. We all know how good it feels to receive a compliment from a member of the opposite sex. That kind of validation is what men look for in affairs, according to many iVillage women:

"My now ex-husband not only cheated on me but on every former lover, girlfriend, and wife (one before me) with whom he was involved. It was an emotional thing. He had to prove to himself that he was attractive and appreciated by women. It was his way of judging himself and his own self worth. --iVillager laughingagain

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