According to one study, as many as 20 percent of long-term relationships begin with mate poaching, or the involvement with someone who is already in a relationship. This figure is steady across age groups and among couples who are married or dating, and prevalent in all parts of the world, according to psychologists who polled some 16,000 individuals in 53 countries as part of the International Sexuality Description Project. And 57 percent men and 35 percent women across ten world regions admitted they had engaged in an attempt at sweetheart-stealing.
Single women are more interested in "taken" menThat men seek multiple partners is probably not so surprising, since men tend to cheat more in general. But now there's research evidence that single women are particularly drawn to other women's partners, according to a report in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology by social psychologists Melissa Burkley and Jessica Parker of Oklahoma State University: When a man was described as unattached, 59 percent of single women were interested in pursuing him. But when the same man was described as being in a committed relationship, that number jumped to 90 percent.
The big question is why men are more appealing when they are unavailable. It is likely that when a guy is already taken, he's perceived as a 'hot commodity' having desirable qualities. (Why else would another woman want him?) "An attached man has demonstrated his ability to commit and in some ways his qualities have already been 'pre-screened' by another woman," Parker believes.
"All the good men are taken." It's a complaint you have probably heard one time too often. But here's some food for thought: Are the single ladies out there saying that because they subconsciously believe "all the taken men are good?"