Infidelity while dating
The 1991-1996 General Social Surveys report similar data; in those years 13% of respondents admitted to having had EM sex (Atkins, Baucom, & Jacobson, 2001).In the 1981 National Survey of Women, 10% of the overall sample had a secondary sex partner.Sadly, that statistic is not based upon any scientific research.
General Social Surveys conducted in 19 showed that a mere 1.5% of married people reported having had a sexual partner other than their spouse in the year before the survey (Smith, 1991), and less than 3% of Choi, Catania, and Dolcini’s (1994) sample had engaged in EM sex in the previous 12 months.
Participants completed the following self-report measures: Extradyadic Behavior Inventory, Attitudes toward Infidelity Scale, and Investment Model Scale. Both men and women with a history of infidelity in a prior relationship were more likely to engage in EDI.
During the current relationship, men were more likely than women to report engagement in face-to-face physical/sexual EDI (23.4 vs. More positive attitudes toward infidelity, lower relationship satisfaction, lower commitment, and higher quality of alternatives were significantly associated with EDI, regardless of gender.
(Blow & Hartnett, 2005)Cheating is something to be aware of in any relationship.
However, in most relationships, it is not something to be overly concerned about unless you have one of the above risk factors.
Cheating comes in many different forms — it’s not limited to simply having sex with someone who isn’t your long-term partner.