Study Shows that Men are Less Distressed by Emotional Infidelity Than Previously Thought
A study out of Tilburg University in the Netherlands found that men are not as bothered as previously thought by the idea of their wives being unfaithful. This more relaxed approach towards extra-marital affairs can be attributed to changes in cultural attitudes towards sex and infidelity.
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The study found that men are less distressed by infidelity, specifically emotional infidelity, than previously thought, and this continues into old age. Men were less bothered by the idea of their partner forming a deep emotional attachment to another person, even more than their female counterparts who were less concerned with sexual, rather than emotional, infidelity.