Women are less likely to cheat than men. In the old, old days, women cheating on their spouse were unheard of but in today's modern times, the number of women who cheat on their spouse is growing exponentially. The difference in men and women cheating is that men often cheat for physical reasons while women often have emotional reasons for cheating on their partner.
While estimates of infidelity are difficult to establish, surveys consistently reveal that wives tend to be more faithful than husbands. When a wife cheats on her husband, she is more likely to have an emotional affair and tends to cheat with someone who is part of their social group – a friend, a co-worker, someone from school, church, etc. Cheating wives tend to have affairs with men who have more status and resources than their husbands or with men who are better relational partners – someone who is more attentive, appreciative and understanding.
Women also cheat because they are bored with the monotony of their current relationship and they seek to bring excitement back into their life through engaging in an affair. An affair is exciting not only because it involves a relationship with a new person but also because it involves sneaking around and ultimately getting away with doing something wrong. This is very exciting to many women and they are willing to risk losing their relationship over their affair.
When a relationship meets a stagnant point where the partners are no longer making a conscious effort to reassure each other that they are still desirable, women begin to feel insecure that leads them to seek affirmation of their desirability outside the relationship in the form of an affair. Being found desirable by another compensates the lack of longing they feel from their partner and helps to boost their self-esteem.
More and more women are becoming guilty of cheating on their partners. While women are beginning to cheat as often as men, the reasons why women cheat are much different than the reasons why men cheat. The reasons why women cheat include loneliness, revenge, boredom and self-esteem. Oftentimes, emotional reasons rather than lus† drive them to these affairs.