About 400,000 women in Ireland have this condition and don’t know


Author Ruth Gilligan: ‘I have slowly colonised our flat’s small second bedroom into my writing...

Sophie Grenham

The Cabinet Sub-Committee on Covid-19 currently has no women sitting on it. Why?

Lynn Enright

These are the Netflix picks we can’t wait for in March

Jennifer McShane

Let’s set the table: make mealtimes feel more special with these flourishing touches

Megan Burns

The London Fashion Week beauty trends you’ll actually want to wear

Holly O'Neill

The best lipsticks to launch in 2021, from hydrating balms to creamy mattes

Holly O'Neill

Cult perfume brand Le Labo is now a lot easier to buy in Ireland

Holly O'Neill

‘There can be no change without a voice’: Miss Limerick resigns from Miss Ireland competition

Jennifer McShane

Image / Editorial

Men Not Hardwired to Sleep Around

13th Feb 2015

man peering out car window

If you were asked which gender was more likely to sleep around, you’d instantly think men, right? Or if you know of a few men, ‘players’ as you might call them, who can’t quite commit to just one woman, you probably put it down to their evolutionary biology. Turns out, however, that men are in fact NOT hardwired to sew their wild oats from here to Timbuktu.

It’s also long been assumed that if one man were to really get around, he’d pass those genes along to his son later in life. When that son would wind up cheating on his girlfriend, he’d blame his father and, well, we’d probably blame him too.

According to a new anthropological study conducted at the University of Utah, researchers brought forward evidence that a man’s promiscuous behaviour is not something that’s hardwired into their DNA. Whether men are more inclined to enjoy long-lasting commitment or no-strings-attached flings, all depends on their personal life circumstances.

It’s what men have access to that will strongly influence their promiscuity. If men are surrounded by few women, they’ll be more into long-term commitments. If, however, a guy’s presented with a myriad of dating options, he’ll more likely want to play the field. The same goes for women, as this study suggests.

So, not so fast with the cheating excuses now, boys.


Also Read

Eclipsed: The powerful, all-female play exposing a Magdalene Laundry you need to see

‘Eclipsed’ director Kate Canning told Jennifer McShane of the challenges...

By Jennifer McShane

deal with grief
6 books, plays and podcasts to help you deal with grief

Death is a natural part of life, yet there’s no...

By Grace McGettigan

Cosmetic injectables: ‘It takes a brave and honourable clinic to tell someone ‘you don’t need this”

 Less may be more when it comes to cosmetic enhancements,...

By Amanda Cassidy

5 classic movies you must watch during the festive season

Jennifer McShane celebrates the classic films of her childhood that made...

By Jennifer McShane

The 12 steps to surviving Christmas

Hire cleaners, have one party to rule them all, and...

By Laurence Mackin

The Menopause Diaries: The dreaded dryness down under

Helen Seymour is in Peri-Menopause, or at least she thinks...

By Helen Seymour

Danish interiors
7 highstreet Danish interiors brands to start shopping from now

Like Danish interiors but not sure where to begin shopping?...

By Megan Burns

5 uplifting Netflix picks that will absolutely bring you joy

For a lift, reminding us of simpler times, and that...

By Jennifer McShane