There are dozens of articles, blogs, books and videos dedicated to cheating and affairs. When a person types “cheating” or “adultery” into a search engine, that person will be inundated with results that have titles such as “How to Tell If Your Spouse Is Cheating,” “What Counts as Cheating,” “How to Prove He’s Cheating” and “What to Do if Your Spouse is Cheating on You.” A person will also be buried under news clips, social media posts and blogs dedicated to discussing the latest celebrity cheating scandals.
There is plenty of advice out there about how to catch a cheating husband or how to identify a cheating wife. There are whole books dedicated to recovering after a significant other cheated, and dozens of reality shows center around rocky relationships. The law itself has been altered to take into account the cultural obsession with cheating. As spyware developed and suspicious spouses began technologically monitoring their partners, laws were put into place to protect spouses’ privacy from each other. Certain technological ways of monitoring people are illegal in different areas, and a great deal of those electronic spying techniques were used by paranoid spouses prying into their partner’s lives.
The bulk of cheating information, however, seems to focus on spotting the betrayal or recovering in the aftermath of discovering a loved one has been unfaithful. There is, comparatively, far less information out there about why people cheat in the first place. Here are six reasons people struggle to be faithful in relationships.