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Men who earn less more at risk of infidelity

A MAN who earns less than his female partner is more likely to cheat on her, a study published yesterday in the United States found.

Cheating may be a man’s way of trying to restore his gender identity when he feels it is under threat, Ms Christin Munsch, a sociology doctorate candidate at Cornell University, said in the study, which she authored and presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.

“Making less money than a female partner may threaten men’s gender identity by calling into question the traditional notion of men as breadwinners,” she said.

“This relationship may be particularly strong for certain subgroups of the population that  highly value traditional masculinity, like Latino men,” she added.

Indeed, the study found that infidelity increased dramatically when the man earning less  than his female partner is Latino, probably because breadwinner status is “one of the  defining features of Hispanic masculinity”.

Then again, the same study found that men whose partners were more dependent on  them were also more likely to cheat, making it a lose-lose situation for women.

It’s different for girls, though. If a woman is the main breadwinner in the family, she’s  more likely to cheat – it would seem that relationships where women earn more than men really are doomed – and if she depends on her male partner for money, then she is less
likely to cheat.

Overall, women are half as likely to cheat as men, whatever the circumstances, the study found.

Ms Munsch analysed data on 1,024 men and 1,559 women who were married or living  with a partner for at least a year for the study, which also found that, for whatever  reason, men were around twice as likely as women to be unfaithful – 6.7 per cent of men  cheated in a six-year period versus 3.3 per cent of women.


readers' comments

true enough.
Posted by arsenal_84 on Sun, 5 Sep 2010 at 13:14 PM
Infidelity is caused by temptations in society, whether you are rich or poor. It is up to the individual character and religious upbringing on what a person thinks as what he or she is doing is a sinful act.
Posted by brom69 on Tue, 17 Aug 2010 at 18:40 PM
studies like these are plain blunt, there are thousands of factors resulting in infidelity, and here you have an arrow pointing at one of them and the whole matter is pushed over and case closed
Posted by stay_frosty on Tue, 17 Aug 2010 at 17:41 PM
Totally disagree...

How many rich men with mistresses do we see/hear? How many rich businessmen do we see/hear frequent night clubs/KTV hostess? If this report is true, then all the hostess will be out of job or die of hunger.

Have you not heard of poor men also cheat on wives? I have, many times, friends of my parents, though not rich, in fact, rather poor, still could have affairs. (both men and women)

It is not about money to be infidel or not. It is about the person,(both men and women) their physical needs and temptation and if there are available willing party.

Put it bluntly, it's all about sexual desires and needs.
Posted by IndignantFemale on Tue, 17 Aug 2010 at 15:46 PM
Whatever reported here is just bullshit.

Please... whether the man is rich or poor, he WILL still do it anyway!
Posted by Dracula on Tue, 17 Aug 2010 at 15:11 PM
Not true bec husbands with higher incomes can also go all HORNY & betray their partners/wives. Upbringing, moral compass, sense of thankfulness, compatibility, etc.all these factors can define if a dude or dudette goes astray - no matter how much one's earning power is.
Posted by chieftain on Tue, 17 Aug 2010 at 14:19 PM
if the man is poor it is very unlikely he's able to afford an affair, but rather the just s*x, but he's not as successful as the woman, yes, the chances of infedility slightly higher, in my opinion, like husband of meg ryan and uma thurman, they divorced because husband is less succesful
Posted by jameslee58 on Tue, 17 Aug 2010 at 13:49 PM

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