Survey Shows How Men And Women See Cheating Differently

A BBC Radio 5 Live online survey has shown just how differently men and women view cheating.

The survey questioned over 2,000 UK adults on their attitudes to sex and relationships.

Part of the questioning involved asking both sexes on different sexual experiences, asking whether they considered them to be cheating, and the results are certainly interesting.

For example, 94 per cent of women considered having sex with someone other than your partner to be cheating, compared to 89 per cent of men.

The survey questioned over 2,000 UK adults on their attitudes to sex and relationships. Credit: Unsplash
The survey questioned over 2,000 UK adults on their attitudes to sex and relationships. Credit: Unsplash

However, when it came to paying for sex, while 89 per cent of women thought this counted as cheating, this opinion was shared by only 79 per cent of men.

For every single factor the respondents were questioned on, men were less likely to consider it cheating than women.

This included sexting, paying for cyber or webcam sex, kissing someone other than your partner, browsing on a dating app and going to a strip club.

But varying attitudes to cheating weren't the only interesting findings of the survey.

89 per cent of men think sleeping with someone else is cheating. Credit: Pexels
89 per cent of men think sleeping with someone else is cheating. Credit: Pexels

Adults were also questioned on any negative impacts on their sex life.

Stress was rated as a negative factor more than anything else, with 45 per cent of those questioned saying it was taking a toll on their sex life.

Problems in the bedroom were also blamed on physical health, with 32 per cent of respondents blaming this for a lack of sex, followed by mental health issues affecting 26 per cent of people, having children affecting 20 per cent, and work taking a toll on 18 per cent of respondents.

Pornography, social media, reality TV, and friends and family were other reasons cited by respondents as sexual deterrents.

The survey also asked respondents whether they were satisfied with their sex lives. In more positive findings, over half of those questioned said they were happy, but 38 per cent of men and 25 per cent of women reported that they were unsatisfied.

It turns out we're a confident nation, too: 58 per cent of people said they were confident with their sexual performance.

The survey was carried out for yesterday's Sex Takeover, hosted by BBC Radio 5 Live, to spark "the UK's biggest conversation about the nation's sex life".

Words by: Deborah Cicurel

Featured Image Credit: Pixabay

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