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Happy Valentine's Day! Those with better sex lives more likely to cheat

posted Feb 14, 2018, 5:13 AM by Ryan Quinn
Just in time for Valentine's Day, a new study of newlyweds reveals those happiest with their sex lives at home are also more apt to cheat on their partners.

Scientists at Florida State University polled 233 newlyweds over three years to try to see what makes some people cheat. While some may think spouses seeking sparks in the sack are more likely to stray, the study revealed that people who have a satisfying sex life "felt more positive about sex in general," and therefore more likely to cheat.

Other findings confirmed some myths, specifically that age and attractiveness has a lot to do with things. However, younger people were more likely to cheat, as are women who were less attractive.

Conversely, men whose partners are less attractive were more likely to cheat, according to the study.

So how do you stay in your lane, when it comes to fidelity? FSU psychology researchers Jim McNulty, Andrea Meltzer, Anastasia Makhanova and Jon Maner found that Attentional Disengagement and Evaluative Devaluation does the trick.

Simply put: the former is finding a way to distract yourself from the looks of a person who is more attractive than your current partner; the latter is the ability to psychologically and subjectively determine that a physically attractive person is less attractive than they objectively are.

The study was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.