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Fast Facts

Why Men Cheat



1. Most men who cheat are unhappy in their marriage.

True? False?

Fifty-six percent of men who had affairs were happy in their marriage, according to a study by Helen Fisher, PhD, a biological anthropologist at Rutgers University and the author of Why Him? Why Her? and Why We Love. By comparison, only 34% of women who had affairs were happy or very happy in their marriage.
Men are more likely to give sexual motivations for infidelity and less likely to fall in love with an extramarital partner.

The correct answer is False.

2. Women are more likely than men to give which of the following reasons for infidelity?

  • Revenge
  • Sexual Novelty
  • Sexual Frequency 
  • Loneliness

Experts say that most often, men and women have different reasons for being unfaithful. Men search for more sex or attention, and women look to fill an emotional void.

Women tend to have an emotional connection with their lover and are more likely to have an affair because of loneliness.

3. Infidelity is the leading cause of divorce.

True? False?

Although infidelity is the main reason unmarried couples who are living together split up, the same is not true of married couples. Married couples often cite being incompatible or unable to communicate as the cause of their divorce.

4. What percentage of husbands say they’ve had had sex outside their marriage?


The answer is 25%.

5. If you think your partner is cheating, you should discuss it with them even if you don’t have concrete evidence.


Experts say it's important to address concerns about infidelity early, even if you have no clear proof that your partner is having an affair. Whether or not it happened, the couple has work to do on their trust and communication so they can move forward in their relationship.

And what about "spying" on your partner? Don’t do it. You may be able to prove there was an affair, but you’ll never prove there wasn't. And you’ll destroy the trust and communication you need to have a good relationship. That can be more damaging to a marriage than sexual infidelity itself.

Answer - False

6. Highly educated people are more likely to have affairs.


A National Marriage Project study found that highly educated people are less likely to be unfaithful than their less educated peers. In the 2000s, 13% of people with a college education said they had sex outside their marriage, compared to 19% of those who were moderately educated and 21% of those with the least education (high school dropouts).

Answer – False



Status of Men's Health

  • African American men live 7.1 years less than other racial groups
  • African American men experience disproportionately higher death rates in all the leading causes of death
  • 40% of African American men die prematurely from cardiovascular disease as compared to 21% of White men
  • African American men are 5 times more likely to die of HIV/AIDS
  • 44% of African American men are considered overweight and 24% are obese
  • African American men suffer a higher incidence of diabetes and prostate cancer
  • African American men do commit suicide. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in 15 to 24 year old Black males



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