However, it doesn’t mean that they are also more likely to negatively judge individuals they are not romantically entangled with. (2013) conducted a study to explore how gender, previous cheating experience, and the gender of characters in vignettes would influence participants’ attitudes towards extradyadic behaviors.The researchers studied 320 undergraduates from a college in the Southwestern United States and found that both men and women who had cheated on a partner in the past rated hypothetical vignette characters who were the same gender as they were as more forgivable than a character of the opposite gender who had cheated.The data were analyzed to determine if there was a difference in perceptions of these behaviors between individuals who had cheated on their partners and those who had not.

This finding contradicts previous research which has shown that those who have cheated on partners in the past also have more permissive attitudes towards cheating (Drake & Mc Cabe, 2000).

There was, however, a significant difference between those who had been cheated on by a partner and those who had not: Those who had been cheated on before were much more likely to view their partner’s behaviors with others as cheating.

Religious involvement and health over time: Predictive effects in a national sample of African Americans.

Cheating is one of the most detrimental behaviors for the survival of a relationship.

Most (63.2 percent) were not told the reason why their partners had cheated.

Attitudes Toward Cheating Participants were also given the Perceptions of Dating Infidelity Scale (PDIS; Wilson, Mattingly, Clark, Weidler, & Bequette, 2011).

Reversing the situation, 53.7 percent of the sample reported being cheated on by a romantic partner and 46.3 percent reported never having been cheated on.

Of those who had experienced infidelity, 78.4 percent had knowledge that they had been cheated on approximately one to four times.

Therefore, it seems as if the past can influence our present beliefs as we fear that it may repeat itself.