Infidelity in marriage happens when a partner is s***lly or emotionally unfaithful to the one he or she is legally married to. It was generally believed that both males and females felt the same way about their partner’s infidelity.
But in a recent study published in the journal Archieves of Sexual Behavior, it has been revealed that there is a marked difference between how each gender perceives infidelity. Infact, after studying nearly 64,000 men and women, including gay, lesbians and bisexuals, the researchers also found that people with different sexual preferences within the same gender perceive infidelity differently.
The co-author of the study Professor David, who is an assistant professor in Chapman University, California, explains how as a part of the study, each participant was asked which one of these were more upsetting to them: 1) if their partner admits to have had extra marital relations with someone else whom they love or, 2) if they admit to have fallen in love with someone else but without having any s*** affairs.
Straight men made a unique choice. 54% of them said that they would be more concerned with s*** infidelity than with the emotional one. But most women agreed that they would be more concerned with their partners having an emotional affair. What makes the study more interesting is the fact that most men also felt the same way. Infact 70% of women, lesbians, gays and bisexuals felt the same way and only 30% of this group thought otherwise.
Professor David points out that the study only gives a general feeling across genders and sexual preferences as “aspect of infidelity that might be most upsetting” to one partner “might not be what [the other partner] is most upset by”.
In this era of digitalisation and internet, there is a new type of infidelity that has crept up – Digital Infidelity. This was researched by a group of researchers from the University of Indiana. Most of the urban couples spend more time with their mobiles, computers and TVs than with their spouses. After spending the majority of their day in their respective offices, they come back home and continue to spend considerable amount of time immersed in the digital world, thus ignoring their spouse’s emotional or physical needs. This, according to the researchers, leads to “digital infidelity”.