How likely is somebody to cheat? According to a recent study, apparently people’s likelihood of cheating is directly tied to their professional power—and that, in fact, this is a far more telling indicator of whether or not somebody will cheat than their gender. In an age in which both men and women are high-powered earners in the corporate arena, this is a telling development.
The Daily Mail reports:
One of the oldest accepted notions is that men are more likely to stray than women.
But scientists now believe that it is a person’s power, rather than gender, that plays the greatest role in infidelity. A team of researchers conducted an anonymous Internet survey of 1,561 adults – the bonus of an online study being that respondents are far more likely to answer truthfully.
They found that there is a higher risk of unfaithfulness in people of positions of power, no matter the sex.
Lead researcher Joris Lammers said: ‘There has been a lot of research in the past that indicates that gender is the strongest predictor of infidelity, but none of these studies have been done on powerful women.’
The survey was geared toward professionals.
The respondents varied greatly in levels of power – 58 per cent had a non-management function; 22 per cent had a management function; 14 per cent were in middle-management and 6 per cent were in a top management position.
The researchers measured power by asking participants to indicate, by clicking with a mouse, how powerful they thought they were.
Professor Lammers and his team also measured other variants such as confidence, distance and the perception of risk as it relates to infidelity.
He said: ‘People often assume that powerful men may be more likely to cheat because they have risk-taking personalities or because of distance, such as frequent business trips that many powerful people go on.
What do you think — is power the ultimate aphrodisiac?