An investment model prediction of dating infidelity
Participants (N = 320) were asked a series of questions evaluating both how ‘acceptable’ and ‘forgivable’ was a vignette character’s infidelity.
Men and women with prior experience cheating found the cheating vignette character of their same gender significantly more acceptable and forgivable than the unfaithful character of the other gender.
The present study investigated how cheating experience influences perception of others’ infidelity.
Using vignette characters, we explored the hypothesis that a participant’s experience cheating on a partner and gender of vignette character moderate gender-differentiated perceptions of infidelity (i.e., men reporting more accepting attitudes toward infidelity than women).
So while I don’t have a ton of faith in the “studies” that have purported that Facebook causes divorce, I actually think that there might be something interesting to study here (of course, I’ve previously warned you not to trust intuitions without data).
My take, using the categories pioneered by (“confirmed,” “plausible,” or “busted”) is that this one is plausible.
Those people with lots of other potential partners “in the bullpen,” so to speak, tend to be less committed to their current partners (although it should be acknowledged that most of this research is still correlational).
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Recently, “a new study” showing that facebook is increasingly given as a reason for divorce has been making its way around the internet.
It is consistent with other research in the field of close relationship research; however, I haven’t seen any good data specifically on this topic of Facebook, cheating, and breakup.
This would be a great project for someone to tackle!