A new study published in the American Sociological Review revealed what makes your partner more likely to cheat. Yahoo! News reports that the study, conducted at the University of Connecticut, shows that partners who are dependent on their spouses' income are up to three times more likely to cheat.
According to the study, there's a 15 percent chance that men will cheat if they don't earn any income, whereas it's only 4 percent if they're the sole breadwinner. Earning 70 percent of the income tended to be the sweet spot for guys, which is when there was only a 2.9 percent chance of infidelity. Similarly, there was a 5.2 percent chance of women cheating if they didn't earn any of the money, and 1.5 percent if they were the sole earner.
University of Connecticut professor Christin Munsch, who conducted the study, told Cosmopolitan.com that the reason a huge economic gap can make people more likely to cheat is because of a perceived lack of inequality. "We compare ourselves to our partners, and we want to feel like winners but we don't want to feel like we're married to a loser," she explains. Especially for men, being the sole breadwinner can make them feel as if they can get away with more, whereas cheating can be considered a display of hyper-masculinity if they feel threatened by their partner's success.
But Munsch cautions to take this data with a grain of salt. Just because a major difference in salary can make a partner more likely to cheat, it doesn't mean you should make your future dating decisions based solely on a potential soul mate's career. "What I want to stress is that even the most economically dependent men have a 15 percent chance of cheating," explains Munsch. "We have a very specific group of men who aren't secure. Don't think, 'I'm not going to marry this person.' Rather, say, 'Is this the kind of person who is going to be threatened because I'm successful?'"
Basically, stick with someone because they like you for you. You want a partner who's supportive, not jealous.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.