According to a study from Rutgers University, 34 percent of women and 56 percent of men who had affairs describe themselves as happy or very happy in their marriages. When it comes to infidelity, men and women cite different reasons for straying. Women claim to cheat because they feel lonely or want to fill an emotional emptiness, whereas men claim to cheat for sexual gratification. Consequently, women are more apt to fall in love with their extramarital partner.
According to Divorce Magazine, couples separate due to incompatibility and an inability to communicate at a much greater rate than couples who separate due to infidelity. While different studies claim different percentages of people are having affairs, a National Marriage Project study identifies two groups of people as the most likely to stray: relationships in which one person is largely reliant on the other for financial support and high school dropouts.
Oftentimes, there are specific signals that indicate a spouse is cheating. If a person becomes more concerned about her appearance than usual, or if one spouse becomes overly generous with gifts or criticism, cheating may be behind the change. Criticism may stem from a desire to set the other spouse up as being at fault for problems, while gifts are the result of guilt.