Why So Many People Are 'Revenge Cheating' On Their Partners

What happens when the hunter becomes the hunted?

Consider this: If you find out that your partner has been cheating on you, does that give you, carte blanche, the option to go out and return the favour?

Well, as it turns out, a whole lot of people who have been scorned in love believe that's the case.

According to Illicit Encounters -- a website specifically set up for people who want to have an affair -- many people who end up cheating do so as a way to get back at their unfaithful partner.

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As it turns out revenge cheating is more common amongst women than men. Source: Getty

The website surveyed 1,000 users and found that revenge cheating (that's the moniker they've given it, FYI) is more common in women than in men, with 37 percent of the women surveyed admitting they revenged cheated compared with 31 percent in men.

Hell hath no fury, right ladies?

Here's the most interesting part:  In more than half of the cases (54 percent) the revenge cheater actually went and told their partner they had cheated on them, JUST SO THEY COULD SEE THEIR FACE WHEN THEY FOUND OUT.

Not only that, but a whopping 81 percent of revenge cheaters felt their action was justified.

Illicit Encounters spokesperson Christian grant told The Metro that what they found really interesting is the rise in women who were revenge cheating.

"They are stuck in an unhappy relationship which they cannot afford to leave because of house prices and economic uncertainty. They had not planned to cheat but feel justified in doing so because their partner has had an affair first," he said.

Earlier this year a study from the University of Utah revealed that those who decide to stay in bad relationships actually do so because they don't want to harm the other person.

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Researchers interviewed 500 people who were in new relationships (they'd been dating for about two years) but who were thinking about breaking up.

Over the course of two months, they were asked why they didn't just call it quits. As it turns out, those in relationships who felt their partner was more invested in them simply didn't have the heart to end it.

The researchers said that it appeared the more dependent people believed their partner was on the relationship, the less likely they were to initiate a breakup.

But, it does beg the question, what do you do when you know a partner doesn't really want to be in the relationship?

Cheat? Maybe?

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