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Why Emotional Cheating Hurts More For Women Than Physical Cheating

When it comes to sex and emotions, men and women don't always see eye to eye.

Would you rather be cheated on emotionally or physically?

In a perfect world, people would never cheat. Couples in love will remain faithful to each other and live happily ever after. For some people, this is a reality. Unfortunately, others aren’t as lucky.

The topic of whether emotional cheating (having feelings for someone else, but not doing anything about it) is as bad as physical cheating has always been debatable. While some believe emotional cheating shouldn’t necessarily lead to a breakup, others consider it just as bad because feelings are involved. Whereas with physical cheating, it’s usually just about sex.

According to a study published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, men and women react differently to the degree of cheating being committed. After conducting a survey with 64,000 participants, they learned that heterosexual women are more likely to be upset about emotional infidelity, while heterosexual men are more affected by physical infidelity.  


The researchers linked this finding to evolutionary and cultural factors. Gender stereotypes also come to play, as it is typically assumed that men care more about sex, while women are more invested in emotions.

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Source: Archives of Sexual Behavior

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