Sexual Performance Anxiety Indicator of Cheating in Men?


According to a new study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, women can apparently draw a parallel between dissatisfaction in bed and cheating. The study noted that men with sexual performance anxiety are more likely to cheat on their partners as men who are risk-takers or easily aroused.

In order to come to their findings, researchers examined 506 men and 412 women who in a monogamous relationship ranging from three to 43 years in length. Apparently, there was a very small difference in rates of cheating reported by the males and females, but rather, a major difference in what characteristics could be associated with a partner cheating.

One of the study’s authors, Robin Milhausen, adds a cautionary note regarding the results of this study:

"This research might seem to just support sexual stereotypes: Women are just concerned about the relationship, and, for men, once a cheater, always a cheater, regardless of their relationship. But the caveat is that there are a lot of variants and factors that are not explained here that might impact whether someone cheats.

“All kinds of things predict infidelity,” Milhausen said. “What this study says is that when you put all of those things together, for men, personality characteristics are so strong, they bounce everything else out of the model. For women, in the face of all other variables, it’s still the relationship that is the most important predictor.”


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