Location

Sydnor Auditorium

Access Type

Open Access

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

April 2022

Department

Communication Studies

Abstract

The topic of infidelity is taboo and often perceived negatively, however, it still occurs frequently. What motivates people to commit infidelity? How do people respond to infidelity committed by those they know? This paper takes the opinions of college-aged subjects into consideration through use of paper surveys to discover how young adults perceive infidelity; both why it gets committed and how they would respond to such an act. Subjects were grouped into sex, classification, whether they have committed infidelity or not, and whether they have been cheated on or not. The results that were found were not all expected. It seemed the preconceived roles males and females would take in this situation had switched. For example, men were less likely to physically or verbally harm their partner if they discovered an act of infidelity and people who have never had a partner who committed infidelity were more uncomfortable with infidelity being depicted in the media. There were many results that were expected, but these stood out because of their uniqueness.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Jimmy Roux

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Apr 6th, 1:15 PM

"It's Not What It Looks Like!": Motivations and Responses to Infidelity

Sydnor Auditorium

The topic of infidelity is taboo and often perceived negatively, however, it still occurs frequently. What motivates people to commit infidelity? How do people respond to infidelity committed by those they know? This paper takes the opinions of college-aged subjects into consideration through use of paper surveys to discover how young adults perceive infidelity; both why it gets committed and how they would respond to such an act. Subjects were grouped into sex, classification, whether they have committed infidelity or not, and whether they have been cheated on or not. The results that were found were not all expected. It seemed the preconceived roles males and females would take in this situation had switched. For example, men were less likely to physically or verbally harm their partner if they discovered an act of infidelity and people who have never had a partner who committed infidelity were more uncomfortable with infidelity being depicted in the media. There were many results that were expected, but these stood out because of their uniqueness.