What Causes Infidelity? 11 Men and Women on Why They Cheated

It’s a fact of life: Cheating happens. But why do people cheat? That’s murkier. Official numbers are hard to come by—makes sense, given the secretive subject matter—but most indicate that somewhere between about 10 percent and 70 percent (yes, over two-thirds) of women have cheated. Another more recent and perhaps more accurate study showed that about 15 percent to 18 percent of married people have cheated on their spouses. That still means the vast majority of people aren’t cheaters, which is great to hear.

But, even though we all know cheating is wrong, some people still do it. Why do people cheat? We asked those who have done it what their reasons were. Here’s what they shared:

Why men have cheated

“For the first time, women were hitting on me””I cheated on my girlfriend because I could. I never had a lot of sexual options through high school and college, but after school, I really hit my stride. For the first time, women were hitting on me, and I was drunk on the feeling. One night, I let it go too far and slept with a woman at a party. I didn’t tell my girlfriend it happened but broke up with her on a trumped-up fight instead.” —D.H., 28

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