20 Reasons Why Men Say They Cheat

tearstearsA week after General David Petraeus' affair with writer Paula Broadwell was exposed, it remains big news. He's gotten a lot of flack for the betrayal of his wife Holly. Though not everyone is being hard on the disgraced ex-CIA chief. Pat Robertson, host of the conservative Christian chat show The 700 Club, claims to understand why he strayed. "The man is in a foreign land and he's lonely and here's a good looking lady throwing herself at him and ... he's a man," Robertson said.

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Is it just me, or is that a ridiculously lame excuse? Well, we took a poll to find out what drives a man into the bed of another woman. Take a look at 20 real reasons men give for cheating:

  1. "Not adventurous enough in bed."
  2. "I'm just not attracted to my wife anymore."
  3. "Relationships and the conversations that come with them are boring."
  4. "Someone who's willing to be a little wilder comes around."
  5. "Everything was always so serious. Bills, mortgage, kids. I wanted to have some fun."
  6. "The sex is always the same. It was like having the exact same thing for dinner every single night. I needed something else."
  7. "We don't have enough sex."
  8. "I drank too much and made a bad decision."
  9. "She's always tired."
  10. "When she was sick, I didn't feel right asking her for it."
  11. "My wife's just such a mean person."
  12. "She cheated first."
  13. "I realized I was gay."
  14. "I didn't think I would ever get caught."
  15. "I wanted to test out what an open relationship would be like. Then I was going to tell her."
  16. "I don't love her as much as I used to."
  17. "Humans aren't meant to be monogamous."
  18. "Like Chris Rock said, 'Men are only as faithful as their options.'"
  19. "All she does is complain and there is nothing sexy about that."
  20. "Things haven't been the same since we had kids."

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What other excuses have you heard?

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Written by Ericka Souter on CafeMom's blog, The Stir.

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