SEXUAL INFIDELITY HURTS MEN MORE THAN WOMEN
If you thought infidelity affects men and women differently, think again. Men and women think of infidelity in different ways. While men tend to feel more jealous when infidelity involves sex, for women, the same emotion rings higher when it involves emotional cheating.
Those are the conclusions drawn from a study conducted at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, which looked at how men and women respond to different types of infidelity.
The data proves interesting particularly as subjects that were studied were from Norway, where gender equality is higher than the global average: culturally, fathers and mothers share household and childcare duties equally.
For their research, scientists asked 1,000 participants to fill out questionnaires.
Authors theorize that jealousy isn’t just ‘learned,’ but an evolutionary response. That is, for men, sexual infidelity threatens their chances of generating their own offspring.
Similarly, emotional infidelity in men represents for women reduced time and investment in childcare.
The findings are published in the November issue of Personality and Individual Differences.