People Who Cheated Before Will Probably Do It Again, Says New Study

Is "once a cheater, always a cheater" true or false?
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Being cheated on sucks big time, but if you’re going to go ahead and ignore the warning signs and date someone who has a high likelihood of cheating on you, that’s your problem.

You might be asking yourself, “But...how do I know she’s going to cheat on me??” Well, my friend, let me tell you exactly how.

A new study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior found a major red flag that she’ll probably cheat on you at some point, so you might want to pay attention to this.

Apparently, people who have cheated on a partner before will probably cheat again, so it’s best if you dig up some dirt on her past before you start catching feelings.

In the study, researchers looked at data from a national survey of 1,300 young adults aged 18 to 35, where participants answered questions about their romantic relationships over a span of five years.

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(Photo: Getty)

The survey found that 44 percent of participants cheated on their partner at least once in the five years, and when asked if their partner had also cheated, 30 percent said they knew for sure that they’d been cheated on, whereas 18 percent suspected it, but weren’t entirely sure.

Now for the important part: the researchers discovered that once a person cheated, they were 3.4 times more likely to cheat again, and 45 percent of cheaters struck again in their next relationship.

Oof. Yeah. Once a cheater, always a cheater!

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But then again, let’s not generalize here. While this evidence strongly suggests that half of all cheaters don’t just stop at one victim, it could be that they’re unhappy in an unfortunate sequence of relationships, and find solace in sleeping around. 

But still, that doesn’t justify infidelity.

Well, my friend, now you know that the age-old saying has some truth to it, so you best watch yourself.