The rate of infidelity in the United States has been on the rise. In fact, women under the age of 30 who engaged in an affair outside of their marriage increased by 20%, while the number of unfaithful husbands increased by 45%!, the number of
Some experts believe that this change has been encouraged by the greater opportunity that our current society presents. Couples are spending greater time apart, traveling solo for both business and pleasure. On top of the open window to stray, dating websites and apps allow us to connect with others faster and with less effort than ever before.
Some of these websites and apps are even specifically geared towards encouraging cheating, such as the website Ashley Madison. Just how far do these sites reach? A series of files pertaining to the website released by Impact Team including information about 37 million user accounts, a little less than half of which are located in the United States.
With the odds stacked so incredibly high, what can we do to ensure that we protect ourselves from being victims of infidelity? Are there steps that we can take in order to identify a potential cheater before it happens? A study published in Evolutionary Psychology suggests that there may actually be a way. It concluded that we are able to pick out a cheater by listening to their voice. That’s right – their voice!
Researchers assembled a group of undergraduate students and asked them to listen to a series of voices counting from 1 to 10. After listening to each recording, they were asked to identify whether or not the person behind the voice had committed infidelity. Half of the recordings belonged to people who had confessed to having cheated while in a relationship whereas the other half had remained loyal.
The study concluded, saying “While we cannot exactly pinpoint all the features about a voice that our perceptual system is using to make this assessment, we know that pitch plays a role, but does not represent the entire picture. Other vocal cues such as clarity of articulation may have also contributed to perceptions of infidelity. For example, masculine males tend to display less clarity in their speech and show phonetic patterns indicative of masculinity, which in turn could be associated with infidelity threat.”
While experts are still working to perfect exactly how to read one’s voice, the potential is incredible! Imagine being able to pick out a potential cheater with a single conversation. It would change the face of the dating world as we know it.
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