While the infidelities of famous love rat footballers fill the tabloid pages women are actually cheating more on their partners, but they are not getting found out.
A new survey has found that almost 100 per cent of women who cheat on their partners never get found out, but men are not as good at covering their tracks with 17 per cent admitting to getting caught.
The research carried out by a dating website for married people found 95 per cent of women and 83 per cent of men claim to have successfully conducted illicit encounters without their spouses finding out.
Recent studies suggest the figure is around 20 per cent for men and a little over 15 per cent for women.
Dr Holmes says, ‘Women are better liars because they’re more psychologically sophisticated.
‘Emotionally they make plans and have strategies, while men are more impulsive.
‘The biggest difference is that women are much better at keeping their affairs secret.
‘If you look at the studies into paternity, even conservative figures show that between eight and 15 per cent of children haven’t been fathered by the man who thinks he’s the biological parent.’
Emily Pope of Undercover Lovers, which has more than 650,000 members, said: ‘Many of our members, both male and female, have been philandering for years without being caught.
‘Studies have shown that women are actually better liars than men, so it’s not surprising that female adulterers are better at getting away with it than their male counterparts.’