SCIENCE: Cheating Once Makes You 300 Percent More Likely To Cheat In Your Next Relationship

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Anders Hagstrom Justice Reporter

Once a cheater, always a cheater: that’s the finding of a University of Denver study showing that cheating once makes a person three times more likely to cheat in his or her next relationship.

Authored by Psychology Professor Kayla Knopp, the study surveyed 1,294 targeted participants, communicating with them periodically over five years. It found that, of the participants who had at least two romantic relationships in that time, those who reported cheating in the first relationship were three times more likely to do the same in the subsequent relationship. Furthermore, those who reported suspecting their partner of cheating in the first relationship were four times more likely to suspect the same of their next partner.

“Infidelity can harm individuals and relationships, and these results can inform prevention or intervention efforts by targeting risk factors based on previous relationship patterns in addition to the various individual, relational, and contextual factors demonstrated to predict infidelity in previous work,” the study claimed. (RELATED: Movie About Man’s Relationship With Underage Boy Selected As Best Picture By LA Critics)

Other studies on relationships found that, for women, the uncertainty of a relationship can increase attraction.

One study, titled “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not … Uncertainty Can Increase Romantic Attraction,” was conducted on female undergraduates, but one of the researchers said she believes the findings would also be true for males. But how did this phenomenon come about? Are women bored by men who are clearly into them?

“Uncertainty affects our thoughts in general,” Erin R. Whitchurch, one of the researchers, told ABC News.

Whitchurch said advanced technology messes with people’s minds because they have a million different ways to be contacted — like texting, calling and messaging on social media. With so many means of communication available, it’s a blow to one’s ego to be ignored. “Did he get my text yet” is no longer a concern. Instead, it’s “Why hasn’t he responded?” Whitchurch said.

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