Scientists Prove That The ‘Once A Cheater, Always A Cheater’ Rule Is True
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Scientists Prove That The ‘Once A Cheater, Always A Cheater’ Rule Is True

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Parul Gupta
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Scientists Prove That The ‘Once A Cheater, Always A Cheater’ Rule Is True

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Scientists who worked on this experiment for 5 years found evidence that people who cheated in their first relationship were 3 times more likely to cheat on their next companion, than those who stayed faithful.

We’ve all heard the saying ‘Once a cheater, always a cheater’. But we normally say or listen to it with a pinch of salt. Not anymore. There was a study conducted recently by some researchers from the University of Denver, which backs this statement. They wanted to understand whether cheating in a previous relationship would up the risk factor of infidelity in the next relationship.

Scientists who worked on this experiment for 5 years found evidence that people who cheated in their first relationship were 3 times more likely to cheat on their next companion, than those who stayed faithful.

The scientists studied 484 people in mixed-gender relationships. They were asked about their sexual activities besides their current relationship. They were also asked if they felt that their companion may be cheating on them.

What they learnt

The study found that those who suspected their first partner of cheating were 4 times more likely to have suspicions that their next partner was also cheating. Also, those whose first partners had cheated on their relationship were likely to report that their next partner had also cheated.

The authors wrote the study and aptly titled it ‘Once a Cheater, Always a Cheater? Serial Infidelity Across Subsequent Relationships’. Basically, as per the study, if one has cheated before, there's a much higher chance that they'll do it again. Given that many of us are affected by infidelity – 21 per cent of married men, and around 15 per cent of married women have cheated on their spouses, according to the General Social Survey at the University of Chicago – this comes as an especially hard-hitting blow.  

The study did not cover enough demographics, and the researchers acknowledged that more research was needed to understand mixed-gender relationships. The researchers are hoping to eventually find ways to prevent serial infidelities in relationships. Fingers crossed, they figure something out soon!

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