When a woman cheats on her partner, it is often attributed to revenge cheating or an unexpected love affair. Men are often believed to be natural cheaters.
One study discovered that people cheat for more than these reasons, though not all engage in full-blown affairs.
Microcheating is the new norm. It covers all the tiny ways a person can be unfaithful in a relationship, including all "small actions that indicate a person is emotionally or physically focused on someone else outside the relationship."
But what are some situations that facilitate cheating? Some jobs have been found to make people more prone to cheating than others.
Ashley Madison, a leading dating website for married people seeking to have affairs, conducted a survey to determine which careers are more likely to breed cheating partners.
1,074 members of the platform filled out a survey about their jobs. While almost half of them, 44%, did not mind switching partners, for whatever reason they did so, they had a different attitude toward their jobs. This 44% said they never change jobs, and very few did so once every ten years.
The survey covered men and women; these 12 careers had the most cheaters. Let's start with the least.
12. Social Work For Men, Politics For Women
2% of the male participants did social work while 2% of the females were in politics.
11. Men In Agriculture, Women In Arts And Entertainment
3% of the cheating males were in agriculture, while 4% of the females were in the entertainment industry.
10. Men In Arts And Entertainment, Women In Legal Practice
3% of the male cheaters worked in arts and entertainment, while 4% of the females had a legal profession.
9. Men In Education, Women In Trades
Professors, teachers, and lecturers occupied 4% of the total number of men who took the survey, while women who were into plumbing, building, and the like occupied another 4%.
8. Men In Legal Practice, Women In Marketing And Communications
Male respondents who worked in law occupied 4% while women who were marketers and in communications made up 4%. The latter meet too many people in their line of work.
7. Men In Medicine, Women In I.T.
5% of the male cheaters were doctors and nurses, and 8% of female cheaters were in tech.
6. Men In Marketing And Communications, Women In Retail And Hospitality
6% of the cheating males were into marketing and communications, while 9%of the females worked in the hotel industry or as sales representatives in shops.
5. Men In Finance, Women In Social Work
8% of the male respondents worked in finance while 9% of the females did social work.
4. Men In Retail And Hospitality, Women In Finance
Men who worked as waiters, bartenders, hoteliers, and baristas made up 8% of the male cheaters, while up to 9% of the females who were cheaters worked in finance.
For male and female respondents, entrepreneurs were the third most popular career choice among cheaters. The survey suggested that this was likely because entrepreneurs do things on their own terms and are thus more "likely to take charge of their sex life the way they do their business."
2. Men In Tech, Women In Education
Tech guys made up 12% of the cheating males, while female teachers were the second most common cheaters.
1. Men In Trades, Women In Medicine
The top spot for cheating for men went to men in trades, a whopping 29%!
According to Isabella Mise, Director of Communications at Ashley Madison, "Jobs in trades often mean irregular hours and are often structured in shift work, meaning it's easier for men to fly under the radar when it comes to sneaking around with an affair partner."
On the other hand, 23% of the female cheaters were doctors or nurses, making women in medicine the most likely cheaters.
Mise explained: "A combination of long hours of potential stress mixed with a natural reaction to stress just might be the reason these women in the medical profession seek out an affair."
While this statistic might not be entirely representative, it does give insight into other reasons why people cheat.