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    Default Men Vs. Women when coming face-to-face with temptation…

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    When it comes to temptation, the two sexes react differently, says a new study, which determined that men tend to look at their partners in a more negative light after meeting a single, attractive woman, whereas, women are likelier to work to strengthen their current relationships after meeting a ‘hottie’.
    According to the study, men may not see their flirtations with an attractive woman as threatening to the relationship while women do. Researchers found that women protect their relationship more when an attractive man enters the picture but men look more negatively at their partner after they’ve met an available, attractive woman.

    Lead author of the study, John E Lydon of McGill University in Montreal said that men can learn to resist temptation when trained to think that flirting with an attractive woman could destroy their relationship.

    To reach the conclusions, the scientists conducted seven laboratory experiments using 724 heterosexual men and women to see how college-aged men and women in serious relationships react when another attractive person enters the mix.

    Men who met the attractive ‘available’ woman were 12 per cent less likely to forgive their significant others. In contrast, 58 women were put in a similar situation. These women, who met an ‘available’ good-looking man, were 17.5 per cent more likely to forgive their partner’s bad behaviour.
    The researchers also prompted half the male subjects to visualise being approached by an attractive woman. They were then instructed to write down a strategy to protect their relationship. These men were more likely to distance themselves from an attractive woman in the subsequent virtual reality scenarios. Lydon says women, on the other hand, don’t need to be trained to withhold any reactions when approached by attractive men.
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