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Good sex life? Study says that could harm your relationship

Matt Rosenberg
| Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, 12:18 p.m.

If you think your sex life is good, here's a study to make sure you're really insecure about that.

Researchers at Florida State University found that people who were satisfied with their sex lives in their relationships were more likely to engage in infidelity.

The possible reason? These people feel so good about sex that they will seek it out regardless of an emotional attachment to a relationship.

The study followed 233 newly married couples for up to 3½ years, documenting intimate details about their relationships, including satisfaction in their marriage, long-term commitment, if they were still together and if they had engaged in infidelity.

The study also found:

• Participants who looked away quickly from images of attractive people shown to them were less likely to engage in infidelity.

• Partners who took longer to look away from romantic alternatives had a higher risk of infidelity, and their marriages were more likely to fail.

• If a partner didn't think a potential romantic partner was attractive, the risk of infidelity was lower and likelihood of maintaining a relationship was higher.

• A person's own attractiveness was a faithfulness factor — women who found themselves less attractive were more likely to have an affair.

• Men were more likely to be unfaithful when their partner was less attractive.

• Men who reported short-term sexual partners before marriage were more likely to have an affair. But women who reported the same were less likely to have an affair.

The study also points out that the ability to connect via social media exacerbates potential infidelity.

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