The real reason people cheat is devastating

A new study has revealed the real reason people cheat is actually really heartbreaking.

While there are many reasons that relationships break down, new research published by The Journal of Sex Research surveyed 495 adults to find out the main reason people cheat.

And surprisingly, it wasn’t just because they thought the grass was greener on the other side and wanted to see what else is out there.

The real reason people cheat is not due to lack of sex. Photo: Youtube
The real reason people cheat is not due to lack of sex. Photo: Youtube

The study revealed that among men and women, the main reason they strayed was due to a "lack of love".

A healthy relationship is not just about sex but also the emotional intimacy, according to Women’s Health.

A lack of love is the main reason people cheat. Photo: Getty
A lack of love is the main reason people cheat. Photo: Getty

And women who cheat often say it’s predominately because they felt ignored or unloved.

That was confirmed in the survey when 70 per cent of people said they had cheated after feeling neglected in their relationship – sexually, emotionally or even both.

70 per cent of cheaters said they felt neglected. Photo: Getty
70 per cent of cheaters said they felt neglected. Photo: Getty

The crucial lesson here is that if you’re feeling this way, you need to speak up to someone about it.

Whether it be a friend, family member or even colleague, try and work through the issue and then approach your partner about it, before reaching for what might seem like a quick fix in cheating.

At the end of the day you might feel even worse afterwards.

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