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7 Common Reasons Why Men Cheat


Cheating has been a hot relationship subject for years. This is can be attributed to the fact that it is one of the most destructive acts in a relationship. Cheating breaks trust which is one of the most important ingredients of a strong healthy relationship. Although both men and women cheat in relationships, our focus in this article will be on why men cheat. This article will attempt to unravel the most common reasons why men cheat.  We will try to understand why men decide to have physical relationships with other women other than their significant other. This of course applies to monogamous relationships where both parties have agreed to be faithful to each other. Below are some of the most common reasons why men cheat.

1. Peer pressure

This is one of the most common reasons why men cheat. Men tend to be influenced easily by their peers especially when it comes to relationships. If a man spends plenty of time with the wrong company, he will most likely be dragged into bad behaviour. This is usually the case because men rarely turn down challenges. If his peers pressure or challenge him to cheat to prove his manhood, he will more often than not take the challenge.

2. To boost their ego

Men also cheat to boost their ego. According to statistics, men who are less successful than their spouses are more likely to cheat to boost their self esteem. This reason is linked to the society’s view of men as providers. Because today’s women no longer need men for financial support, men end up feeling short-changed when they are no longer needed to perform their traditional role in relationships. As a result, most of them end up cheating to boost their egos.

3. To boost status

Men also cheat to boost their status. Many men believe mistresses are a status symbol. As a result, they end up cheating to truly feel successful. According to many research studies on infidelity, most rich men who cheat view mistresses as one of the many trappings of success. This explains why most rich men have mistresses who they take good care of.

4. To satisfy their sexual drive or orientation

Some men also cheat because they have a very high sex drive. Such men can’t be satisfied by your average women. If such men end up dating or marrying women who aren’t so keen on sex, they end up cheating to satisfy their sex drive. Some men might also be bisexual. Such men may marry the opposite sex but have secret affairs with other men in a bid to satisfy their sexual orientation. Such men cheat for fear of being judged harshly by society if they come out clean about their sexual orientation.

5. Inability to say no

Some men just cheat because they can’t resist advances from members of the opposite sex. Such men are usually attractive and successful. Because women can’t resist these kinds of men, they end up being victims of their success and looks especially if they don’t have self control.

6. Curiosity

Men who haven’t had enough time to have sex before marriage can cheat purely out of curiosity. These are the kinds of men who have had limited sexual experiences before settling down. They succumb to cheating because of the overwhelming curiosity to find out what they may have missed before marriage. These kind of cheating can be prevented through open communication.


7. To end the relationship

This is another common reason why men cheat. Some men just cheat to end the relationship. Because it is hard to come up with a good explanation why you want to end your relationship, some men choose the easy way out i.e. to be caught cheating by their spouse. Such men don’t want to get into the trouble of explaining why they no longer want to be with their partners.



In summary, the above reasons are some of the most common why men cheat. It is however important to note that there are many other reasons that may not be mentioned above. It is therefore advisable to use this article as a basis for further research. The above reasons are however adequate enough to guide you in the right direction if you are genuinely interested in knowing why men cheat.

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