Cheating or being unfaithful is an incredibly complex issue, and when you compare male and female perspective on it, it gets even murkier.
As we all know, there’s a school of thought which says women cheat with their emotions while men cheat with their… well, you know.
And if this is indeed the case, it may go some way towards explaining why a recent survey indicated that Irish men are more forgiving when it comes to their partner’s decision to cheat.
According to research conducted by IllicitEncounters - a leading dating website for married people which boasts 70,486 Irish members - women stray because they feel neglected and bored while men are more likely to cheat due to dissatisfaction in the bedroom and the fact they no longer 'fancy' their wife.
The survey, which harnessed the experiences of 1,000 Irish people, indicated that as a result of this disparity 67 per cent of men are prepared to give their relationship another go after learning of their partner’s infidelity because they, in some way, understand their reasoning.
Us ladies, however, are a much less forgiving bunch when it comes to matters of fidelity, with only 52 per cent of Irish women saying they would stay with their husband after discovering his adultery.
“The phrase hell hath no fury like a woman scorned really does seem to be rooted in fact,” said Christian Grant of IllicitEncounters.
"This new IllicitEncounters research shows that women really do react much more badly to cheating that men and that a husband's adultery is more likely to end in divorce than a wife's.”
And while we’re more ruthless when it comes to ending a relationship due to a partner’s infidelity, we’re also a lot more stealthy when it comes to our own extra-marital indiscretions.
According to Christian: “Women are better at covering up their cheating than men and it's clear that there are millions of husbands who have no idea about their wife's illicit behaviour."
“Women date more actively on IllicitEncounters.com than men - enjoying an average of three dates a month compared to men's two.”
Do these findings surprise you?