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The concern a bisexual man has over infidelity may depend heavily on the gender of his partner, new research suggests.
Researchers at Pennsylvania State University-Schuylkill found bisexual men are more concerned about sexual infidelity if they are dating women.
Social psychologist Cory Scherer and his colleagues interviewed 134 bisexual men and women, some dating within their gender and others dating the opposite sex.
Participants were asked to imagine being cheated on by their current partner. They were also asked to determine their level of emotion and if betrayal is more of a sexual concern or an emotional one.
“Of the bisexual men dating women, 49% said
sexual betrayal would outweigh an emotional one.”
Of the bisexual men dating women, 49% said sexual betrayal would outweigh an emotional one. For bisexual men dating men, only 16% said they’d be more bothered by the sexual betrayal.
Conversely, for bisexual women dating men, 17% said sexual betrayal would bother them more than emotional betrayal, compared to 25% of women dating women.
The findings, published in the April 9 edition of the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, support the idea that human jealousy is part of our evolutionary design.
For males, sexual jealousy may help ensure his partner’s offspring are each his own. For females, the emotional betrayal may be linked to a time when men split their resources among different partners.
Scherer said it is logical that bisexual men dating men would be less concerned about the sexual betrayal, as a male partner can’t get pregnant.
The gender of who the partner cheats with is also a complicating factor, one Scherer said he plans to conduct additional research on in the future.