As much as infidelity sucks, it happens all the time. I’ve cheated and been cheated on, and had my heart smashed into a million pieces by others who have. I want to be a woman of my word, and dammit, I try. But people do make mistakes.
In some cases, cheating stems from addiction, validation, or a craving for a little human touch. For others, it’s hardwired in their genes. Whatever the case, one in six Americans have admitted to cheated on a partner: 20% of men, and 13% of women. So why did they do it? Here, five stories submitted by people who've cheated shed some light.
"We hit it off immediately"
We had stories published in the same literary journal, and I asked the editor for her email because I admired her essay. We emailed once a week or so for a while, sharing drafts of writing or quotes from our favorite books. Then we started talking about other things: baseball, hiking, our fathers... She knew I was married. I knew she was engaged. There was never anything remotely romantic in our correspondence.