Trending News: The Two (Completely Opposite) Reasons Why Millennials Cheat
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A new study has found the two reasons millennials cheat on their partners. Are you guilty?
Millennials have it tough. Increasing living costs, stagnant wages and relative job instability (compared to their forebears) mean those in their 20s are being forced to grow up more slowly. And that means changes in attitudes towards dating — particularly the casualisation of dating culture. After all, why rush to settle down when you essentially can’t afford to?
This phenomenon is creating a whole side industry of studies dedicated to looking at millennial culture and dating. And the latest is a doozy. A team from the University of Tennessee published a paper last month in the Journal of Sex Research that has drilled down on the reasons why millennials cheat on their partners.
And they found two. Or two main reasons, at least: either a) you feel your partner isn’t satisfying your needs, or b) you feel the need for more independence. The study surveyed 104 young adults with an average age of 22 (59.6% of whom were female) who admitted to cheating on their partner in the past six months.
The most cited reasons for cheating related to issues interdependence. That is, people looking for more from a relationship than they were getting out of it. Basically, this comes down to, don’t neglect your partner or they’ll look for affection — and the confidence and gratification it brings — some place else. While this might seem like a callow reason for doing the dirty on someone, again we’re talking about callow times. People are experimenting more, later.
The second main reason for cheating had to do with the complete opposite — independence. Basically, people trying to get away from what they feel is a suffocating relationship.
Together, the various reasons related to interdependence and independence backgrounded 60% of cases of infidelity. The remaining 40 percent was split up into a heap of other issues including the opportunity to become intimate with someone else while boozed, a basic jump-your-bones attraction to someone else, and the excitement and novelty of having sex with someone new.
Really, there’s nothing shocking about these results. Everyone feels unloved at some point in their lives, and suffocated at another. It’s just that the social conditions facing millennials mean they’re likely to settle down at an older age and be exposed to more opportunities for infidelity until they do so.
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Millennials are also more prone to anxiety. Does this have anything to do with the different reasons for cheating?
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22% of men and 14% of women admitted to having sexual relations outside their marriage sometime in their past.