As an avid Friends fan, I can hear Rachel Green in the back of my mind saying, “Once a cheater always a cheater.” It haunts my nightmares. Girls say this to their friends after a break up or to themselves as a reminder not to get back together with an ex, but do they really believe it? It’s probably a case by case basis, but studies are showing that it is actually probably true.
According to a study by University of Denver grad student. Kayla Knopp, it doesn’t matter the reason the cheating occurred either. Whether it was a drunken one time thing or a consistent affair, people who cheat are statistically more likely to cheat again. Knopp studied the relationships of 484 unmarried 18- to 34-year-olds and found that cheaters were 3.5 times more likely to cheat again.
But what’s worse? She found that those that have been cheated on are statistically more likely to be cheated on again as well which is honestly pretty heartbreaking. The study also showed that other aggressive behaviors like yelling, shoving, shouting and physical and emotional abuse are more likely to be repeated. According a statement by the American Psychological Association on this study, those who showed aggressive traits were three times more likely to be abusive with their next partner.
I guess it’s sad, but people don’t change. And Rachel green was right. Which means that Ross probably cheated on her and everything I know about their love is false.
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