Today in Sex: For Richer or Poorer?

Ladies, remember how your mama always told you it was just as easy to fall in love with a rich guy as it was to fall in love with a poor one? I never bought it, preferring the artsy marginally employed to high-powered hedge-fundy types. But now a study released this month says that a guy who makes significantly less money than his female partner is more likely to cheat. So, wait--I'm buying dinner and getting played?!

According to a story on MSNBC, "men are more likely to cheat if their income is much lower than what their wife or female partner makes, while women are more likely to fool around if they make more than their husband or male partner."

Wouldn't this mean that both partners are cheating in relationships where the woman brings home more dough? Not exactly. Apparently mega-earners of either gender are more likely to be down with OPP. "If you work long hours and have more disposable income, it's easier to hide infidelity," Christin Munsch, the author of the story pointed out. "For example, unusual expenses charged to credit cards might go unnoticed."

So is anyone ever monogamous anymore? Turns out that, at least according to this particular study, the numbers the researchers found were pretty low--only 3.8 percent of men and 1.4 percent of women admitted to stepping out. (Of course, cheating is one of those vices like drinking, drugging and eating Big Macs, that people tend to under-report.)

In case you're still confused about who the hell you can trust, women who earned significantly less than their husbands were less likely to cheat and men who made 25 percent more than their partners were the most faithful. So maybe along with seeing their STD-Free card the next time you decide to get down, you might want to also sneak a peak at their 1040.

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