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Male Infidelity Exposed

Tiger Woods is the latest in a long list of men whose marital betrayal has made headlines. According to experts, the nation’s fascination with famous men who stray is nothing new.

In recent months, John Edwards, Mark Sanford, Eliot Spitzer, and others have faced similar allegations and public scrutiny.

Some believe the media has used the public transgressions to paint a sexual picture normalizing the behavior.

As such, a Wake Forest University professor has profiled male sexual behavior and how stereotypes compare with the norm.

Andrew Irwin-Smiler explains, “As a culture, we have a perception that men just want sex and that all men are promiscuous.”

“But the research shows that while men do have more partners than women, most men only have one partner at a time.”

His research shows that the majority of boys and men prioritize and value emotional connection to their partner.

Smiler’s research also shows that the popular media fuels the perception that men are promiscuous with television characters such a Fonzie in Happy Days, Hawkeye Pierce in Mash, Sam Malone in Cheers, Joey Tribbiani in Friends and Charlie Harper in 2 ½ Men.

The high-profile scandals involving public figures only add to the common misperceptions of men’s sexual behavior.

“The question is whether the media reflects reality or creates reality?” Smiler says.

Source: Wake Forest University

Male Infidelity Exposed

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). Male Infidelity Exposed. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 15, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2009/12/07/male-infidelity-exposed/9981.html

 

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