The presumptive notion is that you’ll always feel deeply hurt when you are cheated on by your partner. But, how you react depends on your gender, according to a study by Chapman University in Orange County, California. The study which was published in the ‘Archive of Sexual behavior,’ and reported by Time magazine is a very exhaustive and massive one involving 63,894 respondents comprising of both sexes between the age range of 18 to 65.
The conclusion from the study was that there is a wide disparity between heterosexual men and women in their reactions of the hurt feeling equation. Heterosexual men outpaced heterosexual women by a wide margin of 54% to 35% on the ‘physical aspect’ of the hurt equation. On the ’emotional aspect,’ heterosexual women outpaced heterosexual men by 65% to 46%. On the homosexual men and women, the margin of difference in both aspects were more or less equal.
“Heterosexual men really stand out from all other groups,” said psychologist and lead author David Frederick, in a statement. “They were the only ones more likely to be most upset by sexual infidelity.”