For most people in relationships, a commitment means no playing around, ever.That doesn't mean there aren't plenty of love rats out there."We think everybody is out there doing it," says Janet Lever, a sociologist at California State University, Los Angeles, and the study's lead researcher.
The reality is it's not as rampant as we think, with 28 percent of married men and 18 percent of married women admitting to having a sexual liaison, the survey found.The bright side is, while many of us are tempted by the fruit of another, it seems we fear cheating more than we need.We're bombarded with images of infidelity in popular culture and the news, so it's no surprise we think it's a world of callous cads and desperate housewives.About one in five adults in monogamous relationships, or 22 percent, have cheated on their current partner. And nearly half of people admit to being unfaithful at some point in their lives, according to the results of the MSNBC.com/i Village Lust, Love & Loyalty survey.
More than 70,000 adults completed the online reader survey in February, answering about 30 questions that revealed their intimate feelings about adultery and what makes them stray or stay faithful.Smith, director of the General Social Survey for the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.