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Gender Influences Perception of Infidelity

man and womanA new study explored how men and women perceive online and offline sexual and emotional infidelity.

Researchers discovered men felt sexual infidelity was more upsetting and women felt emotional infidelity was more upsetting.

The study by Monica T. Whitty and Laura-Lee Quigley of Queen’s University Belfast is found in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

The researchers interviewed 112 undergraduate students and asked them questions about sexual and emotional infidelity both offline and on the internet.

When given the choice, men were more upset by sexual infidelity and women were more upset by emotional infidelity.

Additionally, “men were more likely to believe that women have sex when in love and that women believe that men have sex even when they are not in love. It was not, however found that either men or women believe that having cybersex implied the other was also in love or that being in love online implied they were having cybersex.”

“Given the newness of the internet, the rules have still not been clearly defined as to what are acceptable online encounters,” the authors note.

“Our results support a social-cognitive model as they demonstrate that social shifts have led men and women to think differently about sex and love.”

Source: Blackwell Publishing

Gender Influences Perception of Infidelity

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Gender Influences Perception of Infidelity. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 19, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2008/10/30/gender-influences-perception-of-infidelity/3232.html

 

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