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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.


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