Men value job over fidelity: survey

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JENNY YUEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:36 AM ET

Men would more likely cry over losing a job than their partner cheating on them, according to a recent ING Direct Survey.

The survey found that 46% of men said they would be more upset about losing their job than having an unfaithful spouse.

It was the opposite for women. About 44% of women in the survey said they’d be more upset about their partner cheating than losing a job.

“There’s clearly a dwindling urgency for monogamy,” said Noel Biderman, president of AshleyMadison.com, a dating website targeted at married people looking to have affairs.

“Sex is not a paramount importance and it seems to me that this notion of monogamy is the causation of good relationships crumbling. No wonder more and more women are having affairs; they’re consistently taking a back seat to their husband’s careers and this recent data is further evidence of that. “

Only 40% of women would be more upset at losing a job and 39% of men would break down if their spouse was cheating on them.

“Men’s machismo on some level is measured by what kind of job they have,” explained Carlyle Jansen, of the sex shop, Good For Her. “Women have that to some extent, but clearly not in as many women who have partners they rely on. It’s not so much reflected as their strength as women.”

Biderman said he wasn’t really surprised by the infidelity research.

“The timing is interesting,” he said. “People could sit there and say that anxiety’s been hanging over their head for the last two years (with the recession), but I think society has clearly been moving in a trend where values, if they had to create a hierarchy, is about economics and raising kids together and there is a de-emphasis on sex.”


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