Hungry for Love: The Influence of Self-Regulation on Infidelity


“The current research examines the effect of self-regulation on the likelihood of committing infidelity.

Thirty-two college students in exclusive romantic relationships interacted through a private chat room with an opposite-sex confederate. Prior to this interaction, a food-restriction task depleted half the participants of self-control.

As predicted, depleted levels of self-regulation increased the likelihood of infidelity.

Specifically, depleted participants were more likely to both accept a coffee date from and supply a personal telephone number to the confederate than non-depleted participants.

Weakened self-control may be one potential cause for the levels of infidelity occurring in romantic partnerships today.”

This is the abstract of the original study here (2009)

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