- There’s a good chance you’re a cheater if your parents have also cheated
- 71% of cheating women and 45% of cheating men have mothers and fathers who’ve also cheated
- 66% of women said that they felt they had ‘permission’ to cheat because of their mothers transgressions, while only 22% of men felt the same way
- 78% of cheating women felt that their own acts of infidelity would be met with understanding from their mothers, but 86% of men would stop cheating if their father told them to
- The results come from a survey of 500 men and 500 women from IllicitEncounters.com, the UK’s leading dating website for married people
Cheating could run in the family, especially if you’re a woman. A new survey of 500 men and 500 women from IllicitEncounters.com, the UK’s leading dating website for married people and the leading authority on infidelity, found that as many as 71% of women who were cheating had mothers who cheated too.
With men, that number was much lower: 45%.
Of the cheating women, 66% said that they felt that they had ‘permission’ to cheat because of their mothers transgressions, while only 22% of men felt the same way.
The main reason for this is guilt, or lack thereof, as 78% of cheating women felt that their own acts of infidelity would be met with understanding from their mothers, given that the mothers too have cheated.
On the other hand, an overwhelming 86% of men said that they would give up their affair if their father found out and asked them to stop.
Interestingly, where both men and women’s views aligned was regards to their general views of infidelity, with 83% of men and 89% of women admitting that cheating isn’t necessarily acceptable or morally correct.
Spokesperson for IllicitEncounters.com, Christian Grant, said:
“Monkey see, monkey do, but in this instance, that’s better attributed to women. Contrary to popular belief, most men aren’t necessarily proud of the ‘lad’ status given to them by their mates if they sleep around.
“Though it might appear that way, deep down they fear the potential backlash from their fathers, irrespective of whether they have a history of cheating themselves.
“For reasons that are unbeknownst to even ourselves, women are less concerned with any potential fallout with a family member, should they be caught cheating.
“It’s a seemingly inexplicable difference in mentalities: women see their mothers transgressions as a permission to cheat, whereas men still feel a certain guilt hanging over their heads no matter their family history.”
NOTES TO EDITOR
IllicitEncounters.com is the UK’s leading dating website for married people and the leading authority on infidelity. With over 1,000,000 genuine UK users since 2004, you’re sure to find your perfect match.
Established in 2004, we have been providing a meeting place for like-minded married and attached people for nearly 12 years. Our members have one thing in common – they are all looking for a little romance outside their current relationship. Whether that’s the occasional bit of flirtatious chat, a regular coffee date, or a full-blown affair, that’s up to them.
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