Here's a new study from the fascinating field of infidelity-related research: studies are now showing that men who earn significantly less than the woman they are with are far more likely to cheat than couples whose incomes are more or less equal. As reported on msnbc.com:
In fact, men who were completely dependent on their partner's income were five times more likely to cheat than men who contributed an equal amount of money to the relationship, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.
You'd think such men wouldn't want to risk their meal ticket. But lower-earning men may be self-medicating their inner macho guy, says Cornell University sociology graduate student Christin Munsch, who conducted the study.
"Having multiple sexual partners may be an attempt to restore gender identity in response to these threats," she writes. "In other words, for men, sex [outside their relationship] may be an attempt to compensate for feelings of inadequacy with respect to gender identity."
Oh, yes, by the way, men who are way richer than the women they are with also have a higher likelihood of cheating on their partners, too. So if wives want to err on the side of caution with the probability game, they are best to avoid being a gold-digger or being a male gold-digger's trophy prize. No wonder most people tend to date within their own income brackets: it's a lot less complicated, and as research turns out, it's a lot more monogamous.
If you want to play it safe via pure statistical research, women are least likely to have a husband with a wandering eye if they earn 25 percent less than their male spouses. Rather interesting (and slightly depressing), no?CONTINUE READING AT INTENT.COM
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