Philandering Mommies Common, Survey Finds

May 16, 2008 09:00 AM
by Isabel Cowles
An AOL survey shows that one in three married moms is unfaithful. But they’re hardly the only ones cheating.

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A recent survey by AOL Body and Cookie Magazine found that approximately one in three married women is involved in an extramarital affair. According to The Huffington Post, more than 30,000 women responded to the AOL survey, and “34% of these married moms is in the midst of, or has already had, an affair.”

Additionally, the survey found that “77% of the respondents said they want more sex.” The Huffington Post suggests that the female urge for infidelity highlights possible failures by modern husbands.

Michelle Weiner-Davis, a relationship therapist and the director of The Divorce Busting Center, told Psychology Today that a lack of sexual desire affects “at least 20 to 25%” of adult men in the United States.

But, male philandering also occurs at a high level. A findingDulcinea article examined the male tendency toward infidelity, noting that “More than a quarter of heterosexual male respondents said they wanted more than one partner in the next month, compared to just 4.4 percent of women.”

Some scientists believe female infidelity may be a genetic trait, and often agree that male infidelity results from an evolutionary impulse to widely reproduce.

Despite impulses toward infidelity, many couples maintain successful monogamous relationships, which can be accomplished through open communication, alertness and good behavior, The BBC explains.

Headline Link: New study reports 1 in 3 married women unfaithful

Background: Examining the unfaithful female

Related: Is the ‘Infidelity Epidemic’ hard-wired in our genes?

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