In a new study on sexual behavior published recently in the journal, Archives of Sexual Behavior, researchers point to several factors that play a role in cheating. A couple of those factors are sort of no-brainers, like unhappiness in a relationship and high sexual excitability, but a third factor may be somewhat surprising. Researchers say that people who have high levels of sexual performance anxiety — those who worry a lot “about their ability to stay aroused or orgasm” — are up to 8% more likely to cheat that those who don’t have performance anxiety.
“People who score high on this [trait] may feel less pressure when they’re engaging with a person who doesn’t know their sexual history,” study researcher Kristen Mark, a doctoral candidate at Indiana University, told LiveScience.
So, do these findings surprise you or worry you?