(STUDYFINDS) — COLLEGE PARK, Md. — It’s a question most, if not all scorned spouses would love to know the answer to: “Why’d you cheat?” In a recent study conducted at the University of Maryland, researchers sought to find the answer, identifying eight common motivators of people who are unfaithful to their romantic partners.
Previous studies have focused on the most common factors that likely led to infidelity in a relationship, but this latest research went a step further by pinpointing factors self-reported by cheaters themselves.
The study surveyed 562 adults who admitted to being unfaithful to their partners while in committed, romantic relationships. The participants were plied with 80 questions to find out their motivations.