HR Strange But True!
August 26, 2010
Couples across the nation may be looking at each others paychecks after a recent study. The new study suggests that how much couples bring home may affect how far they stray from home.

A Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University researched the effect of wage gaps in married or cohabitating couples when it comes to cheating. The research focused on partners between ages of 18 and 28.

The study found that men who were completely dependent on their partner's income were five times more likely to have an affair than men who brought home comparable paychecks.

However, it seems that a female breadwinner wasn't the only factor that contributed to men straying from home. Males who earn a considerable amount more than their partners were also more likely to have an affair than those in relationships with close to equal pay.

Women had the opposite reaction when they were financially dependent on their male partner. The study found that as their dependency increased, so did their loyalty.

Is there a perfect pay equation? According to the results, men are least likely to have an affair when their partners make 25% less than them.

For the romantics out there, don't be discouraged. Most people who choose vows along the lines of "for richer, for poorer" follow through. The study found that only 3.8% of men and 1.4% of women involved in the study reported cheating on their partners.



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