Women Cheat Almost as Much as Men

Study shows women are closing the gender gap
By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2011 5:08 PM CDT

(Newser) – Blame Desperate Housewives. Women cheat in their relationships about as much as men, but for different reasons, according to a new study. Researchers at Indiana University polled more than 900 participants and found that 23% of men and 19% of women reported being unfaithful. Only 10% to 15% of women said the same in the '90s, reports ABC News. The reasons for women: Unhappiness in their relationships and different sexual beliefs from their partners. The main reason for men: sex.

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An increase in women engaging in office romances may be one of the reasons the gap between genders is closing. "[There's] too much time working closely together, in private spaces, taking a break and talking about personal matters," says a psychologist. The Internet could be another negative influence. "It allows for people to act on infidelity," she says. "Also, the Internet makes it easier to connect with old flames." (Read more infidelity stories.)

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