- 8 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013
Please, tell me exactly where you got this information from. Which studies are you citing? Which psychologists ran these studies? How were the studies preformed? Which controls were in place? How wide a variety was the sampling? Were these men still in their marriages, or were these men divorced? At what age did the infidelity occur? What did they base their research off of?
I’m saying this because these number seem fabricated and completely off-mark. I wrote a very indepth, very well researched, 27 page paper on this topic in 2009 for a senior Human Sexuality and Psychology of Sex course. According to my research, somewhere between 13%-18% of adults have cheated in their marriages, and about 13% of living together couples (non-married) have cheated. I would like to point out that there ARE “studies” that state that 50%, 75%, 80% of adults cheat in their marriages and some people, like Joice Brothers (think that was her name) said that 50% of all women sleep around in their marriages. However, clinical research shows something completely different (and more aligned with my findings, since I’d prefer to base my research off CLINICAL, not just “what people say”).
Sadly, people will continue to post the higher end numbers because of the shock value, when there is more proof (from actual clinical research studies) that support the lower end. The truth is, MORE THAN LIKELY, an adult will not cheat. The odds are in favor of having a faithful marriage for the duration, not the other way around.
Of course, this is based on studies that I find more reliable than others, not based on my own personal beliefs. If the reliable studies found the 50-75% statement to be true, then I would support that answer, however, I have read more “bogus” studies supporting the higer numbers than I have found factual, and therefore, am inclined to believe that only 13%-18% of adults in the US cheat in their relationships.
Edit: I do not think you’re trying to post for shock value, from the way you stated it, it sounded like you honestly believe these numbers, so I thought I would offer up some numbers that have been supported by valid research. It is always good to see the other side, I think. I did not mean for any of this post to sound mean. My questions are honest questions. If you found a clinical study that showed these results I would very much like to read it.