Cheating woman

A new survey from Illicit Encounters, a website founded in 2003 that facilitates extra-marital romance and affairs, suggests that women are more partial to promiscuity than one might think. And guess what they found: Cheating could run in the family, especially if you're a woman.

A survey of 500 men and 500 women found that as many as 71 percent of women who were cheating had mothers who cheated too. With men, that number was much lower: 45 percent.

Of the cheating women, 66 percent said that they felt that they had 'permission' to cheat because of their mothers' transgressions, while only 22 percent of men felt the same way.

The main reason for this is guilt, or lack thereof, as 78 percent of cheating women felt that their own acts of infidelity would be met with understanding from their mothers, given that the mothers too have cheated.

Interestingly, where both men and women's views aligned was with regards to their general views of infidelity, with 83 percent men and 89 percent women admitting that cheating isn't necessarily acceptable or morally correct.

Highlights of the survey

  • There's a good chance you're a cheater if your parents have also cheated.
  • 71% of cheating women and 45% of cheating men have mothers and fathers who've also cheated.
  • 66% of women said that they felt they had 'permission' to cheat because of their mothers' transgressions, while only 22% of men felt the same way.
  • 78% of cheating women felt that their own acts of infidelity would be met with understanding from their mothers, but 86% of men would stop cheating if their father told them to.