A new study finds that a threatening environment, such as the recession, causes men to want to cheat. The new research will appear in the November issue of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
“The study, by Omri Gillath of the University of Kansas, is founded in evolutionary psychology, arguing that when faced with a threatening environment, men are hard-wired to seek short-term mating strategies to ensure their genes survive.”
“We’re biologically wired to reproduce, and the environment tells us the best strategy to use to make sure our genes are passed on,” Gillath told Science Daily. “When the environment is secure and you have enough food and things are working the way you would like them to, people are more likely to invest in their existing kids and stay with their current partner or prefer long-term mating strategies,” said Gillath. “But if the environment is dangerous and your chances of survival are low — if there is a famine or