Not to add fuel to the "all men cheat" fire or anything, but a new study found that the more economically dependent a guy is on his partner, the higher the chances that he messes around.
According to the Cornell University research, the male subjects who were completely dependent on their girlfriend or wife's cash flow were five times more likely to be unfaithful than guys who earned equally. (The guys studied had been married or cohabitating for at least a year and were between the ages of 18 and 28.) Here are 7 other reasons guys may stray.
One possible explanation: "Making less money than a female partner may threaten men's gender identity by calling into question the traditional notion of men as breadwinners," said the author of the study.
But men who had a significantly higher income than their partner were also more likely to get a little somethin' somethin' on the side. The author speculated that "men who make a lot more money than their partners may be in jobs that offer more opportunities for cheating like long work hours, travel, and higher incomes that make cheating easier to conceal." Read on for more dating truths you can't ignore.
So what's the perfect balance, according to this research? When the woman makes 75% of the guy's salary, he's least likely to cheat. Here, a simple test that'll reveal his philandering potential.
Uh thanks, but we'll pass on trying to put a cap on our salary just to keep a guy from cheating. And while we totally agree that certain factors will push a man to be unfaithful, like warm weather, we still think there are certain dudes who would do it regardless of how much he (and you) are making, and there are others who would never do it no matter what your W-2s looked like.
Do you think salary plays a role in a man's propensity to cheat? Have you ever dated a guy who made way less or way more than you? Did you worry he would hook up with other women?
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