• Tue, Jun 14 2011

Most Men Don’t Cheat While Traveling, Says Poll

Traveling for business might seem like the perfect time to get a quick handie on the sly. But the results of a poll done by Newsweek and the Daily Beast show that at least among their readers, cheating while on a business trip is an unlikely occurrence. They report:

“A new NEWSWEEK/Daily Beast Poll of 400 married men found that 21 percent admit to wanting to cheat on their spouse while traveling on business—and 8 percent have actually done so (the majority of them repeatedly). Six percent of the respondents admitted to having paid for sex while traveling on business…Eleven percent of the married men who’ve had one say that sexual contact was involved—though not a single respondent would cop to having initiated it.”

Now, this is hardly a random sampling; one imagines that readers of Newsweek magazine might be limited in terms of age, education, income, and even political persuasion. But still, it handily (ha) debunks the myth that every man is wired like Dominique-Strauss Khan, and will cheat whenever presented with the opportunity.

However. What’s weird is that the Newsweek article reports these results completely inaccurately in their headline. They write:

It’s the dirty secret about business travel. Many married men expect sex along with their room service, according to a NEWSWEEK poll.

But…um…it’s not the dirty secret, because the poll shows that most men don’t expect sex with their room service. That’s the whole thing. A full 90% of married men said they don’t cheat on business trips; 80% said they don’t even think about it. So why the sensationalist, totally untrue headline?

Aside from the unethical-ness of such a misleading slant, it also perpetuates a myth that most men are unfaithful, that marriages are constantly threatened, and that women have every reason to mistrust their spouses. In other words, it does nothing for gender relations, or for relationships in general. So let’s keep the news reporting accurate, shall we, Newsweek?

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