Over 33pc women 'cheat on partners at some stage'

Last Updated: Sat, Jan 05, 2013 10:00 hrs

More than a third of women admit to cheating on a partner at some stage, while another 12 percent have considered it but never followed through, a new survey has revealed.

That compares with 48.5 percent of men who say they've been unfaithful, and a further 5 percent who say they would if they could guarantee not being busted.

According to relationships Australia counsellor Lyn Fletcher, there were more opportunities today for women to stray because women are in the workplace more and are exposed to the opportunities that the internet and social media provide, providing the, just as many opportunities now to be tempted as men.

Fletcher said cheating on a partner was almost never excusable, which is perhaps why more than 90 percent of the participants in the Daily telegraph survey said they would not forgive a cheating lover.

However, exactly what constitutes cheating is hotly debated by some couples, News.com.au reported.

Almost 40 percent of men surveyed did not believe kissing another woman was cheating on their partner and more than half believed it was ok to send naughty texts or emails to someone else.

On the other hand, fewer than 15 percent of women thought kissing another person was acceptable, and almost three-quarters categorised sexting as a form of infidelity.

The reasons for cheating were also different depending on whether the cheater was a man or a woman.

According to the survey, most blokes had affairs simply "because the opportunity was there" or "for the thrill of it", whereas women strayed overwhelmingly due to being unhappy in their relationship. (ANI)

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