The old expression says that it takes two to tango, and results from a recent survey reveal that women can be just as deceptive as men when it comes to cheating.
The website IllicitEncounters.com (which, we should point out, is a "married dating" site designed for cheating partners) recently asked 1,000 people about their experiences with cheating, including the motivations for their affair.
A few of the survey’s outcomes may surprise you: For one thing, a third of people who said they had cheated on their partners listed revenge as their motivation - as in, their partner had an affair first, so they "evened the score" by cheating too.
In another twist, more women than men owned up to revenge cheating. Of course, it follows that more women are two-timing their partners to get revenge since their fella had an affair first.
The results actually back up similar news from Ashley Madison, an American website with the same gimmick as IllicitEncounters.com.
The site revealed that more married women are signing up to cheat on their partners than married men, suggesting that there are just as many cheating wives as the stereotypical cheating husbands we’re more familiar with.
But, on the other hand, research from the University of Colorado Boulder found that men were more likely to cheat than women in general - with 21% of men and only 13% of women owning up to the bad behavior.
When it comes to revenge cheating, don’t think that these spurned partners tried to keep their affairs under wraps either. Half of the people who admitted to cheating for revenge said they told their partners about their affair as a punishment.
In fact, eight out of 10 revenge cheaters said they felt no guilt about getting back at their partners.
So why stay together in the first place when both partners are cheating on each other? IllicitEncounters.com guesses that unhappy couples are "staying together because they cannot afford to split up and set up two new homes."
Research also suggests some women who aren’t looking for revenge are simply interested in spicing up their love life outside of marriage. In a study of adulterers, 56% of cheating men and 34% of cheating women said their marriage was "happy" or "very happy" despite their affair.
One thing’s for sure: relationships are complicated, and this new survey is just the tip of the iceberg.
[H/T: Business Insider]