With all this talk of cheating CIA folks in the news, females media outlets everywhere are scrambling to find ways to rationalize men cheating on women, as well as how to prevent it.

According to the LA Times, a new study published earlier this week in the Journal of Neuroscience has shown evidence that giving a man in a relationship an extra dose of oxytocin could prevent him from cheating. Or, at least, prevent him from getting close on a couch to attractive women.

Apparently, when heterosexual men in monogamous relationships were given oxytocin, they put extra space in between themselves and attractive women they’d just been introduced to. Single men given oxytocin or swapping the female acquaintance for a male one showed no difference in distance. Those who stated that they were in “stable, monogamous” relationships placed themselves an average of 6 1/2 inches farther away, even if the sexy woman was only in a photograph. Weird, eh?

On the LA Times’ article, there’s a poll asking if women are now “on the market for oxytocin” upon knowing about this study’s results. 47% answered “yes,” which I find a bit sad. While I’m sure that many would probably not actually drug their partners to keep them from cheating, there are plenty of people who would do anything to prevent such a thing–being cheated on is incredibly painful. But is giving somebody a pill really the best way to prevent it? After all, if you’re in a “stable, monogamous” relationship, shouldn’t it be a fairly easy decision on how to prevent yourself from cheating (i.e. choosing not to)?

Look, folks, if you’re in a monogamous relationship and your boyfriend or girlfriend needs an extra dose of anything in order to keep from cheating on you, it’s time to move on. Studies like this, while fascinating, imply that cheating should be prevented in a way other than the most effective one: by not cheating. Similar to how millions of dollars are funneled into research to help people lose weight without diet and exercise, experiments like this play on some people’s belief that those who cheat simply cannot help themselves and if science is just awesome enough, it can be stopped through pharmaceuticals.

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