“Bound” might describe the sex slave whose currently blindfolded, nipple-clamped, and bent over your bed, waiting… but it doesn’t describe a person’s probability of cheating. A recent study aimed to predict infidelity across unmarried relationships. It found that people who cheated in one relationship were three times more likely than non-cheaters to be unfaithful in their next relationship. However, the study also found that the majority of people who commit infidelity do not become “serial cheaters.” Only 45% of people who cheated in an earlier relationship repeated this behavior later on — most did not do it again. 

To understand the likelihood that someone becomes a repeat offender, you’ll need to look at their motivations for cheating in the first place. Some partners cheat in the face of issues specific to their given relationship, such as anger, neglect, or lack of love and commitment. When they’re in a new, more emotionally fulfilling relationship, those same motivations are not pushing them towards the same behavior. But when partners cheat for individual reasons, such as desire for variety or sexual thrill, changing relationships won’t change the underlying problem. While the cliche of “once a cheater, always a cheater” might hold true for some people, it’s certainly not a universal reflection of human nature.

Life pro tips: Solutions to cheating

Mark your territory by peeing on your partner

Milk your husband like a dairy cow so he has no sperm to spare for others

Only hire babysitters who are 4’s and below

Make your wife pinky-swear she won’t touch her sexy stepson’s horse cock

Throw the only key to your partner’s chastity belt into the fiery depths of Mordor

Keep an eye out for warning signs, such as finding another man’s penis in your wife’s vagina