For the first post here in the blog, we wanted to cover a thematic that is in fact a never ending discussion among the sector of couple therapists. Our therapists deal in a daily basis with women which are betrayed by their men who then seek help and contact a specialist to understand why such situation happened.
The fact is that there are studies indicating that male infidelity and money could be directly linked, leading to conclusions that the higher the salary, the most probable a man could have an extra-marriage relationship. Let’s dig in a bit more in some recent studies unveiling interesting facts about this subject.
Study revealing link between male infidelity and money
A study led by Gleeden.com in October 2015 to around 6.000 european males has revealed a link between male infidelity and money. The vast majority of the respondents indicated they have a monthly salary of over 5.000€ and that only around 12% of them said they didn’t believe that there was a link between their salary and their infidelity.
Of course the salary won’t be the only factor originating such extra-marriage relations and around third of the men that participated in this study revealed that such infidelity occur also because of the demanding working days serving as an escape to such stress.
Another factor pointed, is that frequent business trips, serve as a significant reason for getting involved in love affairs, a fact admitted by 22% of the 6.012 that answer to the study.
Another study pointing to the opposite conclusion
Such survey is related, but contrary to another study published in the scientific journal “American Sociological Review” and that was led by Christin Munsch, a researcher at the University of Connecticut. She did conclude that the couple’s element that contributes least to the family budget may be more likely to betray their partner.
Such findings go in the opposite direction of what the Gleed.com’s survey pointed, but don’t necessarily invalidate that data, because it might only show that people don’t like to feel dependent on others and always like to feel equivalent in a specific relationship, something which could also lead to betrayal. The justification that the researcher finds for such infidelity when a partner depends economically to the other, could be that “Infidelity can be a way to regain equity in the relationship”, quoted by Phys.org.
More studies are needed in fact to validate and raise the discussion in this subject as it is indeed difficult to conclude that when for example a man earns significantly more money than their partner, that he will probably betrayed her. As we’ve said previously, it won’t be the only factor for sure when a infidelity occurs, but it’s a fact that could help it.