We need to talk.
Relationships are amazing. From awkward office friends to our besties we’ve known since childhood, from family to even casual acquaintances, humans are social creatures and we depend on relationships of all kinds to thrive.
Of course, romantic relationships also make the world go round, not only from the fact that they keep the population alive, but our significant others have special ways of making us feel very alive during the months, years, or lifetimes we spend with them.
That being said, relationships are scary. Trusting another person so completely is a major risk and commitment for anybody, and some are more willing to take that leap than others. While developing that trust and working towards a mature and healthy—but fun—relationship is essential for any couple, there is always the frightening knowledge people should remain aware of.
The fact of the matter is people cheat. In the United States alone, studies done in the early ’90s showed that 70% of married women and 72% of married men had cheated on their partners, and while those numbers seem to have gone down over time, the estimate still ranges from 30–60%. Furthermore, people younger than 30 seem to be cheating more than before.
Many people consider cheating unforgivable, so why do they do it?