New Survey Reveals Why People Cheat (And The Reason May Surprise You)

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Why do people cheat? Is it about sex? Being unhappy in a relationship? Truth is, there are tons of reasons why people are unfaithful to their significant others—and a new survey from found that 45 percent cheaters have an affair because their partners were glued to their phones. What?!

Regardless, it’s the biggest relationship no-no in the book, but it happens more frequently than any of us would ever like. And whether you’re the cheating or the cheating on, the end result is just as heart wrenching. There’s a frustrating double-standard when it comes to infidelity and monogamy: We typically believe that men, when they’re cheating on a woman, are doing so because their woman isn’t there for them in the ways they need, giving them almost a free pass in the matter; while when a woman strays, it’s because she’s ungrateful and a slut.

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So we polled the guys in our lives to see how they feel about cheating, which sex does it more often and if it’s ever forgivable.

Forgive And Forget
“I cheated on my first girlfriend in college. It was a sh–ty thing to do,” says Scott, 27, “but when I was that young I didn’t really care about anyone else’s feelings but my own. I’m not saying what I did was okay … when you’re that young you just f–Whoa: k up a lot and learn as you go. It sucked to see how badly I was hurting her, and since we were in the same friends circle the wound never really healed for either of us. She said that she’d forgiven me, but since we were always together, it was impossible to forget.”

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