NCBI ROFL: Study proves cheating good for marriage.

By ncbi rofl | April 1, 2010 3:00 pm

3177793817_862443a587“It is commonly assumed that infidelity, if not concealed from the other partner, is harmful to monogamous relationships (MRs).  However, this assumption has never been directly tested.  In order to determine if “cheating” does, in fact, harm MRs, we recruited 97 married heterosexual couples currently receiving marital counseling therapy, and randomly assigned each couple to an experimental or control group. The 31 couples in the control group continued their traditional marital counseling therapy.  The remaining 66 couples were urged by their therapist to seek sexual attention outside the relationship… Read the rest of this entry »

  • JT Justman

    I know if my wife and I were part of this study, I would refuse to abandon her and cavort around with some other woman.

  • Heather

    LOL dammit, I forgot the date.

  • Scott


  • Michelle Ewens

    See, if I didn’t know it was April Fool’s Day, I’d consider this real. There is SOME validity to it afterall. I only wish that we adults could act like children and blurt out absurdities all the live long day and take it all in with a grain of salt. Then, when we go to sleep, before we sleep, we think and realize that some of it is actually true, and we pray that the best will come from it.
    No, it’s not true since you can’t prove it. 😉

  • vaicatsana

    Jtjustman, you haven’t met me yet…and you’d not be abandoning her; that’s the point.
    Ps monog doesn’t work, its a social_ relig c0nstruct.

  • Mikey

    JT Justman…only children can be abandoned…adults can’t. They’re adults!

  • Wendy

    Rick rolled again!!!!

  • Joanna Cake

    Ah! April Fool’s Day! And I got Rick Rolled but, then, I don’t mind because I liked the song when it was a hit first time around :)

    However, there is actually some evidence that extra-marital affairs can prevent divorce and, certainly in my own case, it put off the fateful day for the extra five years required for my kids to be old enough to deal with the event. Here’s one of the reasons why women often resort to this course of action:

  • jen

    I gotta admit, the main reason I clicked the link was that I was trying to figure out how you could define a monogamous relationship as one in which both partners were fooling around …. 😉

    I believe that’s the first time I’ve ever been Rick Rolled, but like Joanna, I actually liked that song.


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