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The Monogamy GapMen, Love, and the Reality of Cheating$
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Eric Anderson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199777921

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199777921.001.0001

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Spontaneous Cheating

Spontaneous Cheating

(p.166) 14 Spontaneous Cheating
The Monogamy Gap

Eric Anderson

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the mechanics of how men cheat. It explores the antecedents that lead them to it, both structurally and emotionally. It explains the high rate of cheating found among this population of men (78%) as a product of access to sex. Men in this study live in social spaces that make spur-of-the-moment cheating more likely. Potential sex partners can be met in dorms, classrooms, sporting facilities, university social spaces, clubs, and pubs. These environments provide more opportunity for men to cheat compared to when they were back home, because they are away from adult surveillance and they exist within an alcohol-soaked social culture.

Keywords:   cheating, structural components, living arrangements, why men cheat

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