Infidelity happens more often than you think. It’s happened globally for centuries, spanning across cultures, religions, and even careers. The reasons people cheat vary from person to person, but some are more inclined to cheat than others — and it goes beyond gender.
Often, affairs begin at the office. Here are the careers that make you — and your partner — more likely to cheat on each other.
According to a survey of over 5,000 women, those working in public relations, journalism, and similar fields commonly reported they were currently or had in the past cheated on their partners. Working on tight deadlines might draw you away from your partner and closer to someone near your cubicle.
Next: Take caution in and out of the courtroom.
Could too much stress at work drive you to infidelity? High-stress careers might play a role in the probability that employees will cheat on their partners. Lawyers, prosecutors, judges, and others often work long hours to prepare and oversee cases, the stress often bleeding into their personal lives.
Next: Working nights might be a mistake.
Are you a waiter or waitress, DJ, dancer, or another essential member of the nightclub scene? Late closings make for seemingly endless nights, but they also might make you more likely to cheat on your partner, even if you’re generally happy in your relationship.
Next: A creative mind might end your relationship.
6. Arts and entertainment
Working professionally as an actor, a musician, or another employee in a creative field might make you more likely to cheat. We hear stories about unfaithful celebrities because their lives are so heavily scrutinized, but it likely happens often, even among the less successful creatives out there.
Next: Those working in this other form of entertainment don’t fare much better.
Those who work in the sports industry — athletes, as well as their representatives and instructors — might exhibit a higher rate of infidelity than other professions. These are high-stress jobs that might separate you from your partner for days at a time, increasing your chances of cheating.
Next: Even an office job won’t guarantee you’ll refrain.
Serving as the CEO, manager, or even a secretary on behalf of a company means you likely either spend a lot of time at a desk or traveling to conference rooms across time zones. Women in these roles reported infidelity more often, though specific reasons obviously differed by individual.
Next: Overworked and under pressure, these individuals don’t have it easy either.
3. Health care
To be clear, working as a doctor or nurse doesn’t always mean you’re going to cheat — but it’s possible. Once again, high stakes, long hours, and job stress are just a few of many factors that might lead someone to cheat on their partner.
Next: Spending time in the air might not be the best choice for your relationship.
Pilots and flight attendants were also ranked high on the list of careers associated with unfaithful romantic partnerships. A flight attendant — especially early on in their career — generally works long hours, nights, and weekends. Time spent away from home could strain your relationship over time.
Next: Women in this career were the most likely of all to cheat.
Bankers, brokers, and financial analysts were among the most common career paths associated with infidelity among the women surveyed. Demanding hours may be to blame. It’s estimated that analysts, for instance, often work anywhere from 50 to 70 hours per week on average.
Next: The reasons why men and women cheat might surprise you.
Why do people cheat?
If romantic relationships are built on compromise, failure of both parties to “meet in the middle” could lead to cheating. This could be more common in careers that require you to spend extended periods of time away from your significant other.
Women specifically say they’re unfaithful to their partners because they don’t feel they’re getting the attention they deserve. Men cheat for similar reasons but respond more negatively to physical than emotional infidelity.
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