Is there scientific research that proves the cause and effect of philandering and infidelity? Nowadays, men are not the only individuals guilty of cheating. Scientists are in hot pursuit to unfurl the explanation of why certain women are more prone to cheat. A small study was conducted to determine if women were more apt to flirt with men when they are at their highest potential to become pregnant.
The findings of the study found that women who felt their partners were less attractive were more likely to flirt. For handsome husbands, their spouses were not as likely to cheat. In essence, researchers theorize that women are more attracted to a man's physical genetics. According to the lead author of the study, Dr. Martie Haselton, these “shallow desires” take on the role of a woman's reproductive best interest.
In other words, although a lady may be involved with a “nerd” like gent, her reproductive system may gravitate toward the masculine handsome man. During ancient times, a male's attractiveness followed the evolutionary advantage for the woman in quest of the strongest offspring.
To prove the theories of the study, 38 college females participated. They were required to maintain a daily diary regarding their sexual desires and feelings. The findings were published in the journal Hormones and Behavior.
The vast majority of the subjects had either a boyfriend or husband. Close to their time of ovulation, women reported feeling more attractive and compelled to go out to mingle with men even if they were spoken for in a relationship. The flirtations frustrated the male partners of the subjects. The conclusions of Dr. Haselton found that approximately, two to four percent of all pregnancies were the outcome of a one-time fling or affair.