At first glance, you might be thinking something like this:
"Well yeah, if you're standing right next to your man, how can he NOT be faithful?"
Good point, let us explain: There’s the biology and metaphorical chemistry that attracts you to your partner. That being said, there was a new study to see how oxytocin, the 'love drug,' affected the rate of infidelity.
They invited 57 heterosexual men, about half of whom were in stable monogamous relationships, to randomly receive either six puffs of oxytocin sprayed in the nose, or similar mists of a placebo compound. Is it weird that we wonder what oxytocin smells like? LOLz!
First, each of the male participants stood with his toes on a line while an attractive female researcher whom he had never met before walked towards him. When the scientist reached what each participant felt was an “ideal” social distance in terms of the physical space between them, he was instructed to say ‘stop.’
The second part of the experiment flipped the roles, and had the subjects approach the women.
Here's what happened according to the source:
'The men in the monogamous relationships who were given oxytocin recorded the greatest distances between them and the attractive female — between 28 inches and 30 inches compared to 20 inches to 24 inches recorded for the single men and those receiving the placebo spray. (The men in relationships were more likely to call for an early stop to the researcher’s advances if she looked them in the eye.) The effect was the same when the female researcher was replaced with photos of attractive women: men in relationships were slower to bring the pictures toward them on a computer.'
Cool. Now get this: Previous research has shown that oxytocin levels increase and remain high when romantic love starts — those levels also continue to rise if the members of a couple simply are standing close to each other!
Of course, we are in no way saying that a guy's infidelity is the girl's problem. That's stupid. It takes two in the relationship, it takes two to be close to each other, and it takes a mutual understanding of personal beliefs on what straying is and how it makes each other feel.
If you both make the effort, you might just have a chance!
[Image via WENN.]