His Cheating Heart: Women Don’t Forgive, or Forget

By Josie Brown

HisCheatingHeartPeace on Earth, good will toward men? Nope, not if they’ve cheated on you.

A series of studies carried out by the British dating site, Smooch.com, and ManCentral.com, a free gay chat site, highlights that when it comes to trusting cheats, women find it hard to forgive.

And no, they don’t forget his infidelity, either.

For the study,  Smooch.com polled 2,040 members, and ManCentral.com polled 1,998 members, over a 24 hour period, on this question: Once a cheat, always a cheat?

Over 64% of women surveyed ‘definitely’ agreed with the statement, compared with only 45% of men.

Interestingly, the results showed that men were more likely to forgive and forget. In fact, 36% of men responding, ‘People make mistakes’, while less than a quarter of women agreed with the statement.

Of course, it’s not known if these men are speaking from experience, or whether they truly are more forgiving than women.

Additional breakdowns revealed that:

  • People with a PhD (67%) are almost twice as likely to respond ‘Definitely’ than those with a Masters Degree (34%).
  • Unsurprisingly, divorcees (59%) are less forgiving than those who are married (29%).
  • People in a relationship (19%) are nearly 4 times as likely to choose ‘It’s only cheating if you get caught’ than single respondents (5%).
  • Does your zodiac sign make a difference as to how you feel about infidelity? Perhaps. Those with the star sign Cancer are least forgiving with 64% choosing “Definitely,” whie the most forgiving starsign is Gemini with 34% choosing ‘People make mistakes’.

It would also appear that age and sexuality bare no significant effect on the male perspective. Results from ManCentral.com paralleled that of the men who responded on Smooch; only 40% of gay men ‘definitely’ believed that once a cheat, always a cheat.

Ho ho man ho . . .

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Josie Brown is the co-author of THE COMPLETE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO FINDING MR. RIGHT. She is also the author of several novels, including SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES.

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