What Your Spouse's Salary Says About How Likely You Are To Cheat

Written by Emi Boscamp


You'd think that bringing home the bacon would earn you respect from your spouse — enough respect, at least, not to stray from the marriage.

But apparently this may not be the case. A new study published in the American Sociological Review found that both men and women are more likely to cheat when they're financially dependent on their spouse.

And, of course, it's not an even playing field between the sexes: There's a 15% chance that men who depend financially on their spouse will cheat, and only a 5% chance that women would stray in a similar position.

However, when the breadwinning was split evenly between the spouses, the odds of cheating decreased for both men and women.

An interesting shift occurs, though, once men contribute over 70% of the household income. At that point and above, men are more likely to cheat, perhaps (according to the study's authors) because they may think that their wives won't leave them even if they cheat, given the financial stability they provide.

Hey guys, it may be time to get over that whole masculinity-being-threatened thing, don't you think?

(h/t ASA)

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