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Don't worry if he cheats, he just might have a low IQ

Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.


Cheating, so easy even a caveman could do it.

There are many theories on why men cheat. Some say it's just their nature; some say it's lack of satisfaction; some say they just cheat. And yes, I promise I know women cheat too. I found an article in the Telegraph (a publication in the UK) the other day which could throw yet another reason out there.

According to researchers at a British University, "men with higher IQs place greater value on monogamy and sexual exclusivity than their less intelligent peers." The article went on to say that this actually has a whole lot to do with evolution. Back in the days of the caveman, men were programmed to have several partners because it gave them an "evolutionary advantage". In other words, if they slept around a lot they increased their chances of making babies and passing on their genes. However, in our present day man really doesn't need this benefit and apparently intelligent men are the only ones who have figured this out.

Honestly, I have never been one to solely measure intelligence by how high a person's IQ is. There is this little thing called common sense which doesn't come from how much information you can regurgitate from a book.

Oh and in case you are wondering, this is not the case for women. Apparently there is no evidence that smarter women value monogamy more. I guess maybe that is because we didn't really consider promiscuity as an advantage.

Though, seriously, do we always have to have a scientific reason for cheating? I can just picture the way this conversation would go.

Man: I have to tell you something, I cheated on you.                                              

Woman: What? I can't believe you would do that to me. Don't you love me?              

Man: Yes, honey, I love you. It's just...well you see...I am not that smart. My IQ is pretty low so I just wasn't smart enough to figure out that men have progressed past the caveman years. I thought cheating was acceptable and would clearly still give me an advantage over all the other men. And I am not smart enough to really value monogamy. Clearly we are both stupid: you for marrying me and me for not having enough brains to enable me to know that I shouldn't cheat. Perhaps with more time I can increase my IQ and be a better man.

Funny. Personally, I think if a man is smart enough to figure out he loves you, he is smart enough to figure out he probably shouldn't cheat. That's not rocket science, really.



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