Cheaters More Likely to Rebound in Dating

Cristen Conger

Oops, I rebounded again.
Oops, I rebounded again.
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Ah, the rebound relationship. Many of us have become embroiled in them, despite their negative reputation as throwaway relationships we jump into in order to get over past partners. Maybe one reason rebounding has gotten such a bad rap has to do with the type of people who tend to hopscotch from relationship to relationship.

A survey of 1,002 undergraduate students found that those who reported rebounding were more likely to have cheated on a previous partner. The complete profile of the average rebounder doesn't get much better, either: "Undergraduates who were 'love seekers,' 'deceptive,' unconventional' and 'hedonistic/risk takers' were significantly more likely to report having been involved in a rebound relationship."

Unflattering statistics to say the least.

But why the connection between cheating and rebounding behavior? Perhaps cheaters are simply more used to starting up quickfire romances that fulfill immediate physical or emotional needs. The survey results on self-reported hedonism seems to support that notion. Seventy-three percent of students who had rebounded described their sexual outlook at hedonistic.

Unfortunately, the survey didn't examine motivations for rebounding that could provide more insight into whether cheating fuels reboundings or what. It would also be interesting to conduct the same survey among older populations to see if that cheating-rebounding correlation would change at all. Once a rebounding cheater always a rebounding cheater?

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