Why Do Men Cheat? The 3 Biggest Reasons & 27 Convincing Excuses

why do men cheat?

What makes a man a cheat? There are three big reasons for that. And why do men cheat on women? These 27 reasons will help you figure the truth out!

If you’re wondering who do men cheat, the truth is, as much as I hate to admit it, men do have a natural instinct to stray.

If they think they can get away with cheating, they cheat.

It’s what their mind tells them to do, even if their conscience tells them otherwise.

A man of principles though, a man who has integrity, may hold himself back even when the opportunity arises.

[Read: 15 traits of a real man they way he really should be]

But he holds himself back, not because he doesn’t like the thought of having another woman, he holds himself back only because of his integrity.

But truth be told, it IS very hard to avoid cheating, especially if no one would ever get to know the truth!

Why do men cheat and what’s love got to do with it?

It’s been said time and again that one would never cheat if they’re truly in love with someone.

But is that really true?

If you think about it, you don’t cheat because you’re emotionally carried away in the heat of the moment.

If that moment of lusty temptation does occur, it’s a painful but forgivable accident that lasts for a few passionate seconds. [Read: Is it excusable to kiss another guy when you’re drunk?]

But if one chooses to cheat or have sex on a one night stand, it’s because they consciously and deliberately decide to have an affair or a onetime fling, and logically plan every step to ensure that they don’t get caught with their boxers around their ankles.

Cheating is a lot of work that’s just not worth the squeeze

Seriously, any guy or girl who’s ever cheated would know this, cheating is just not easy, especially if you’re living in a society like ours where cheating is considered taboo.

It takes a lot of planning, a lot of covering up *faking expenses, faking work hours and faking weekend escapes and a lot more!* just to enjoy an hour or so of sexual pleasure that turns to guilt as soon as you orgasm and reach for the skies. [Reader confession: I cheated on my boyfriend and feel so much better!]

So when a guy makes the effort to cheat, it surely means there’s something wrong somewhere else. The cause could be a failing relationship or a mind that’s addicted to the thrill of straying.

Or worse, it could mean that he’s so smitten by another woman that he doesn’t care about his own lover who loves him and cares for him, and he’s willing to throw it all away for someone else. [Read: 16 sure signs your man is cheating on you already!]

Cheating’s in our genes

Every man and woman in a relationship has the ability to cheat and destroy a relationship if they choose to. We’re all serial breeders who toy with the idea of having several sexual partners in a lifetime, but the rules of society have altered our minds to accept cheating as a moral aberration in our conscience, and forced us to think of it only as a sexual fantasy. [Read: Top 10 sexual fantasies for men and Top 10 sexual fantasies for women]

But unless you have no moral conscience whatsoever, guilt inevitably enters the picture when you cheat on a lover. And you can’t ever look at your lover the way you once did.

The three big reasons why men cheat

Men who are in stable and comfortable relationships want to cheat for three primary reasons.

#1 There’s not enough happiness in his life. The man who wants to cheat thinks he’s too good for the woman he’s with *he thinks he can get another girl who’s better than his own woman*.

#2 He contemplates cheating if his ego is bruised *his woman doesn’t respect him, doesn’t think highly of him, doesn’t need him emotionally or sexually, or his pride hurts because of her behavior*.

#3 The third reason why men want to cheat completes the rest of the list. Men want to cheat because they assume they can get away with it without getting caught. [Quiz: Would you ever cheat on your lover? P.S. This quiz won’t lie!]

The longevity and happiness of a relationship balances on a thin thread of equality and inequality. But if one partners feels like they’re not getting enough out of the relationship, or if the other partner feels like they’re giving more than they’re receiving, the relationship may change course towards the inevitable end or lead one partner to the lusty and cowardly road of affairs and one night stands. [Read: Top 20 reasons for divorce that most couple ignore]

Do all men fantasize about cheating?

A man may not necessarily fantasize about cheating, but he may very well fantasize about being with another woman he finds exciting or attractive. There’s nothing wrong with fantasizing because all of us do it anyway. But it’s one thing to fantasize about cheating, and a completely different one to plot it and carry it off successfully with a lot of planning and determination.

Men who cheat, even on a one night stand, have almost always thought about it or fantasized about it in their head, and have an excuse for it the next morning. Unless you think it in your mind, you can’t do it, however suddenly it happens.

If an unplanned scenario crops up all of a sudden, most of us freeze after a kiss. We don’t unbuckle our pants unless we’ve played the fantasy in some form in our heads before. There are exceptions here, but that doesn’t happen too often. [Read: Why flirting with someone isn’t cheating even if you’re in a relationship]

27 reasons why men cheat on women

The reasons behind the desire to cheat may be a few, but there are several reasons why a man may actually end up having an affair with another woman. Here are 27 reasons that could lead a man to stray into another woman’s arms.

Of course, as a woman, you can’t fix all the reasons behind a man’s cheating streak. But if you give a second thought about these reasons, you’d see that almost always, a man cheats when the relationship is going downhill for both of you. [Read: The 25 rules of love to follow in a happy and successful relationship]

So what you do here is a decision you need to take. And sometimes, it’s easier to just walk away from a cheater instead of trying to change yourself and become someone else, just to hold on to a man who’s waiting to leave you and walk into another woman’s arms, time and again.

#1 Your respect. A man may cheat when he believes that he’s not getting the respect he deserves from his woman. For a relationship to succeed, a man needs respect from his woman and a woman needs unconditional love from a man. If the woman doesn’t respect him, he’ll fall for someone who respects him.

#2 Respect for the relationship. He doesn’t respect the relationship he’s in, nor does he value it enough to avoid straying. If a man truly cares about his relationship the way he cares about his own life, he’d avoid doing anything that may jeopardize it.

#3 Problems in the relationship. Do you and your man argue often? When arguments crop up all the time with no conclusive happy endings to the fight, it may leave both of you frustrated. [Read: The right way to fight fair in a relationship]

#4 Frustrations. A man who’s frustrated in life for any reason at all could jump into another woman’s arms just to convince himself that he’s still awesome and can get what he desires.

#5 Bad communication. Not all men are good communicators. For many men who have a hard time communicating with their lover, it’s easier to just walk away and look for comfort elsewhere instead of trying to fix things with their own partner. [Read: A few things to keep in mind while communicating with your lover]

#6 Not enough space. As much as couples need together time, they also need space. If a guy feels claustrophobic in love, he’ll pounce at a flirty girl at the very first opportunity he gets just to experience the freedom of singledom, even if it lasts just for a few hours. [Read: How to give space in a relationship and make love grow]

#7 To get back at his woman. Sometimes, even if it’s the dumbest thing to do, a man will use revenge sex to get back at his wife or girlfriend for something she’s done. [Read: Is revenge sex ever really worth it?]

#8 The relationship is losing its excitement. You may be in love, but unless there’s something exciting and new all the time, the relationship starts to feel like a burden. The guy may want more excitement in his life.

#9 Different sexual appetites. This is more common than you may think. All of us have varying sexual appetites. And if a guy wants to have sex a few times a week while his girl just likes having sex once a month, it’s definitely not going to end well for either of them. [Read: 10 sexy ways to get over a sexual dry spell]

#10 The boredom of doing nothing new. All of us crave excitement all the time. It’s what keeps us going with every new day. If a relationship starts to stagnate or gets monotonous, there’s a good chance that your man may look beyond your shoulders to spice up his own life. [Read: 16 super sexy ways to make your man want you more than ever!]

#11 There’s too much control over him. Are you a control freak who loves having everything under control? Does your man usually do whatever you suggest? Does he back away from any conflict with you? He may go looking for an affair just to see his balls swell up with manliness again.

#12 They don’t think the relationship will last. This is something we see in younger relationships. A guy usually has a backup girlfriend in mind just in case things don’t work out between the both of you, even if he tells no one else about it. It’s usually a friend who’s attractive and rather friendly. And at times, this backup girl may just end up taking your place in between the sheets.

#13 You’ve changed *physically*. Now this is wrong to voice out openly, but it’s a harsh reality we’ve all come to see around us. Have you let yourself go ever since both of you started dating? Does he have to roll over you twice now before he has to get off you after sex? Look sexy and feel sexy, and he’ll avoid straying away from you. [Read: How to look better naked using 15 real life tips]

#14 He wants more love. Sometimes, a man’s heart wants all the love it can handle. And that may happen to include more than the love of just one woman. If he’s a romantic casanova, he may try to woo women all the time, just to feel good about all the love he experiences in the world.

#15 He doesn’t want to be wholly dependent on you. A lot of guys have the fear of commitment. And just when they feel like they’re falling deeply in love, they pull back and close up. Or they have an affair just to convince themselves that they’re not entirely dependent on you for their happiness! [Read: 10 sure signs your guy’s got the fear of commitment!]

#16 They want variety. A total cliché but a true one, variety is the spice of life. All of us want new experiences all the time, but some selfish and immature men take this adage one step too far and start looking at other women as wooing potentials, not because they’re unhappy in love, but because they want more variety in their bed!

#17 He wants a new experience. A guy may be the most loyal of lovers, and he may be the perfect boyfriend or husband. But at times, for no reason at all, he may start pursuing a new girl just to remember how the thrill of the chase feels like. If both of you start to feel bored in the relationship, it’s only a matter of time before one of you start straying just to make life feel more exciting. [Read: 15 reasons why either of you may be bored with your relationship]

#18 Some men are hardwired to cheat. It’s who they are. And there’s nothing you can do to change them. It could be a deep rooted psychological issue, or perhaps they just don’t care about relationships.

#19 Sexual deviants. If your guy asks you to go down on him, do you push him away and say something like “that’s something only porn stars do!”? It could be as simple as a blowjob or it could be more deviant like bondage or golden rivers. If a man craves for something he’s too ashamed to ask or something you don’t ever want to offer, his sexual desires may force him to go looking for someone else. [Read: How to talk dirty and get your man to open up his sexual side]

#20 To connect with a person who understands him. There can be happiness in a marriage or a relationship only when there’s communication in a relationship. If your man feels like you just don’t understand him anymore, he may find himself getting attached to someone else who listens to him. [Read: 18 emotional affair signs you probably didn’t notice]

#21 There are too many options out there. Men who are too lazy to try to fix a problem in a relationship just walk into another woman’s arms. Don’t try to change these selfish men. You’ll only end up getting hurt because all they care about is their own happiness, and not the relationship.

#22 Lack in sexual chemistry. Sexual chemistry matters. A lot! Many people assume love is all you need to keep a relationship or a marriage alive, but that’s nonsense. A happy relationships needs romance and a sizzling sex life. If a man’s stuck in a relationship with no sexual chemistry, he’ll start fantasizing about another woman who gives him a hard on every time she flirtily touches him! [Read: 10 easy ways to create sexual chemistry and make it stay]

#23 You’re boring. Are you a prude who doesn’t like discussing sex? Or are you a homely woman who loves her solitude? If your man has an active lifestyle and you don’t share an interest in socializing or having fun outside the house, he may start to find you too boring to stay in love with.

#24 He’s got the power! Everyone thinks he’s a hero because so awesome and he’s such an achiever, but you think he’s still the same geeky guy you met in college. You don’t see him for the awesome man that he and everyone else think he is. And that hurts him, and makes him want to sleep with a woman who believes he’s the God of Awesomeness!

#25 You accuse him of cheating. Do you constantly accuse your man of cheating just so he can reassure you and convince you of his love for you? Or do you pick a fight with him often because he spends too much time at work with that sexy minx of a colleague of his? Don’t ever let your insecurity get the better of you unless you have conclusive proof, or you’d just end up forcing him into an affair because he thinks you don’t trust him anyway. [Read: How to stop insecurity from ruining your relationship]

#26 A girl is crazy about him. Men are the protectors of the human species. Well, that’s what they think anyway. So when a really attractive girl falls for a guy and pleads with him to date her or bed her, a man’s macho heart may soften and get mushy, and he may even share a few kisses or cuddles in bed just to make her feel better. Call it pity cheating or flattery sex, but this usually works with powerful men who like having their egos stroked every now and then.

#27 He awed by another girl. And you don’t want to hear anything about it. A relationships blooms as long as there’s good communication in the relationship. Speak out to each other about your crushes and flirty conversations with other people, explore your deepest, darkest thoughts together, and voice your opinions however silly or dirty it may seem.

Sometimes, your man may like the attention a girl in his office gives him. But he’s too scared to talk about it with you because he assumes you’d be pissed to hear about it. And that makes the conversation taboo. And what’s taboo always makes it more exciting and thrilling. And what starts off as simple flirty glances at work could end in an affair. All because he couldn’t talk to you about it, and the secret thoughts turned into intense sexual attraction. [Read: 30 questions for couples to learn more about each other instantly]

The difference between men who cheat and women who cheat

Men and women cheat for almost the same reasons. But without the risk of stereotyping this, I’d say that men cheat more for sexual pleasure and sexual experiences while women cheat more for emotional attachment. There may be exceptions to a cliché, but more often than not, this is how it works in a long term relationship.

[Read: 25 reasons why women cheat so easily all the time!]

Sometimes, there’s really not much you can do if your man cheats on you or makes you feel insecure. But affairs and insecurities can be avoided by a long way as long as there’s excellent communication in a relationship, deep trust in each other, and a sizzling sexual chemistry. [Read: 30 sexy ways to spice up your sex life from tonight!]

Really, if you’re so awesome that you’re more woman than your man could ever want or need, why would he ever dream of cheating on you unless he’s a selfish prick? Think about it.

[Read: 12 bad girl traits every guy secretly wishes his girl would have!]

So why do men want to cheat? Well, for the three big reasons I’ve mentioned here. And why do men cheat? These 27 reasons and excuses explain it all. Now all you need to do is be awesome, and you won’t have a thing to worry about because the world will be your oyster and your man, your bitch!

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11 thoughts on “Why Do Men Cheat? The 3 Biggest Reasons & 27 Convincing Excuses”

  1. Alex says:

    The main reason men cheat is because they WANT TO HAVE SEX WITH OTHER WOMEN. Evolution has built us to spread thy seed and therefore that’s the MAIN desire we have within. The reason you gave are good but that is biologically the number one reason. Men never stop being attracted by other women, ever. Many men are contempt in relationships but other men act on this desire and cheat.

  2. Leela says:

    the 25th : “You accuse him of cheating”. “you

  3. Lilly says:

    Alex, women also want to have variety in bed. We also want to have sex with other men. The point is if you want to have many sexual partrners then don’t get in a relationship. Its our responsability when we hurt others. I’ve seen people commiting suicide because of a cheating partner.

  4. Joe says:

    #25 You accuse him of cheating – This is a self fulfilling prophecy! I’ve seen it work both ways, with men or women who cheat! Don’t hate the message

  5. lostinspace says:

    The worst kind of cheater is one who stays with the person they are with, lies to them and carries on in a relationship, and also finds someone else who he promises a relationship to. Br_____ S_____ is a typical farrier in Calgary who cheats on L_____ B______ with whomever he pleases. Spreading diseases, lying to everyone and promising futures to women is sick and twisted. There is no excuse for this kind of behaviour, and it takes a really messed up person to do this to other people and lie to everyone involved.

  6. christina says:

    we are married for 3 years, and we live together 4 years. We are in our early 30s, we were planning to have children. He got a problem with that and he saw some doctors to get it fix. He just told me, he never loved me, and just married me because he felt sorry for me. we are living far from my country, I stayed here because our relationship, left my family, friends. I can’t even speak good English. He also said, doesn’t enjoy to have sex with me. I discovered he was contacting other girls to have sex with and when I confronted him, he said he couldn’t help it, and he doesn’t think he can change. All of this disclosure happened at the same time after 4 years together and after planning to have children. I have nowhere to go, no friends and I felt so stupid, my self steam is very low. I cried too much, but I don’t know what to do. My family in my country is poor and I was sending money to help out. But if I am bymyself I won’t be able to help them anymore. Hopefully somebody understand, don’t need to be told I am stupid. just somebody who can give me some encouragement. I wonder if there is one more person having the same problem as me in the world?.. thank you , I feel better that I can say my problems to somebody, even if it is though here..

  7. Dan says:

    What the living F*ck?! Why is this crap always about “why men cheat,” and “all men cheat because they are scumbags who just want to get it it!”? Bullsh*t. I was married to my ex-wife for 5 years, that woman had a new lover every month in that time, she was pregnant 4 times, lost them all, i knew about 2 of them (she told my mother about the other two in which my mother told e after the divorce). After the divorce, everyone came out of the woodwork telling me how they knew about her multiple affairs and sexcapades, where’s the information on this? I treated that woman like a goddess and gave her everything she wanted even though i was broke blue collar man. I even would have her drive me to work, so she could use my only car to do what she needed to do during the day… which was meet with her lovers. Why, during the divorce, did she act like the woman scorned and i lost almost everything?! Where’s the damn articles on that? Im tired of this Misandry all over the internet. We say we’re in a woman hating culture (in the USA) well im waving the bullsh*t flag on that. I lost my job because i couldn’t take the secrecy and lies anymore, i’ll repeat this, i lost my damn job because of this woman, who cheated on me for our entire relationship. I have a hard time with current relationships because now im affraid its going to happen again! Where are those articles?

  8. Nono says:

    Men cheat because their friends cheat. As long as he has another man pushing him to chase women you don’t have a chance. Lost a husband and 3 boyfriends because of their “friends” that cheat and decide they want to chase together. Not all friends are like this, but you’ll know it when it happens.
    Advice: Don’t pretend to get into a serious relationship if you really don’t want to be there and stay away from friends who want to chase the opposite sex if you are in one. Don’t ruin other people lives just because you won’t grow up.

  9. SadToSay says:

    Women are the Worst when it comes to Cheating, and they just Don’t know how to Commit to Only One Man anymore. Many women are to Blame why most marriages Fail nowadays.

  10. Cocoa says:

    Seems like a long list of excuses for refusing to communicate your needs with your partner. If you can’t at the very least do that, why even be in a relationship at all if the work required for a healthy one is too scary?

    My motto is if you want to act single, be single. If someone gets to the point of actually considering cheating, there’s already issues in the relationship that should have been worked on before things ever were allowed to manifest to that point.

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