Modern Couples Less Whore-ish Than Our Counterparts From The Past

So, you know how so-called family values groups (don’t even get me started) are constantly clutching their pearls and wadding their panties over how society’s morals are falling by the wayside in these sinful modern times?

Well, as it turns out, the glory days of past decades may actually have been more debaucherous. USA Today reports on a new study published in the September issue of the journal Family Process, which shows that cheating in committed relationships went down drastically between 1975 and 2000:

The percentage of heterosexual men who reported having sex with someone other than their wife dropped to 10% in 2000 from 28% in 1975; among married women, it declined to 14% from 23%. Among gay men, the percentage who cheated on a partner they lived with dropped to 59% from 83%; for lesbians it declined to 8% from 28%.

The researchers speculated that the drop may have something to do with an increase in acceptance of gay and lesbian relationships, so that people today don’t have to hide so frequently behind loveless marriages. I might add, as a totally non-scientific and not-based-in-research comment, that it might also have to do with the fact that both women and men don’t have quite as much societal pressure to get married before they’re ready to do so.

So, see that, family values folks? Tolerance and acceptance might actually make for good, happy families. Imagine that.

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