Women are just as likely to cheat on their partners as men, according to a new study, but the reasons behind their infidelity are markedly different.
Research conducted by extra-marital affairs website Illicit Encounters, claims that women are more likely to cheat if playing away runs in the family.
Based on a survey of 1,000 of the website’s users – 500 men and 500 women – it was found that as many as 71 per cent of women using the site had mothers who had also cheated.
By contrast, just 45 per cent of those men quizzed in the research admitted to having mums who had cheated on their other halves.
More fascinating still, the research revealed that 66 per cent of those women polled felt they had “permission” to indulge in these kinds of liaisons because of their mother’s previous history.
To put that figure in perspective, just 22 per cent of men felt the same way.
The study also showed that 78 per cent of cheating women reckoned their infidelity would be met with understanding from their mothers while, in contrast, some 86 per cent of men polled admitted they would stop cheating if their fathers told them to.
On a more general point, the research found that 83 per cent of men and 89 per cent of women were fully aware that cheating was neither acceptable or morally correct.
The findings follow a recent study that suggested “nice guys” actually have more sex, throughout their lifetimes, then so-called bad boys.