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Dependent spouses more likely to cheat

Postby Big Vern » Mon Jun 01, 2015 18:22

Watch out if your partner has time on her or his hands:

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle ... readwinner
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Re: Dependent spouses more likely to cheat

Postby divea » Tue Jun 02, 2015 03:30

BS studies. 5 percent chance?
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Re: Dependent spouses more likely to cheat

Postby Big Vern » Tue Jun 02, 2015 07:41

The sample size feels big enough, but I'm no statistician.

They are sociologists, though.
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Re: Dependent spouses more likely to cheat

Postby Toad » Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:16

Well, the devil finds work for idle hands. And other bits.

5% though? I've seen studies that suggest, over a lifetime, something like 40% of married couples have a bit on the side at some point.
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Re: Dependent spouses more likely to cheat

Postby Dragonbones » Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:27

There isn't enough info presented to evaluate the study. 5% among dependent women vs what % among other women (and same for men)? How was infidelity measured, and what steps if any did they take to prevent socially acceptable response bias? Why the age cutoff and the low 1-year threshold? How did results differ for married vs unmarried? Where in tarnations is the link to the paper? (That one really burns mah biscuits!) Truly junk reporting.
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Re: Dependent spouses more likely to cheat

Postby Big Vern » Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:36

Dragonbones wrote:There isn't enough info presented to evaluate the study.


That's social science for you.

Running a study as a result of chatting to friends :lol: . They are always the studies that make it into the newspapers, though.
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Re: Dependent spouses more likely to cheat

Postby Dragonbones » Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:23

Big Vern wrote:That's social science for you..


No, that's pop social science *reporting* for you. There's plenty of rigorous work out there in social science. I did a Ph.D. program in it, and read academic journal papers in it every day, so I'm well aware of the field. Of course there are flawed studies, but the peer-reviewed prestigious journals do a decent job at screening for quality. The problem is the crap journalists who just want headlines to get clicked on, and don't know how to evaluate their sources. Just look at the chocolate health story scam being reported on this week.
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Re: Dependent spouses more likely to cheat

Postby Big Vern » Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:27

:oops: Apologies.

I was only joshing, of course. I love the social sciences. In fact, I think I work in one of them.

Studies on sex and chocolate seem to be winners for media coverage. A study linking sex and chocolate looks good.
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Re: Dependent spouses more likely to cheat

Postby Toad » Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:37

Agree with DB. The social sciences can be extremely rigorous, precisely because there's so much room for bullshit and bad experimental design. Even so, I get the feeling there are too many social scientists who don't know the difference between a one-tailed significance test and a ring-tailed lemur.

A study linking sex and chocolate looks good.

I thought that was a pick-up line.
- Want to come back to my place for chocolate and sex?
- um,what? No.
- Huh? You don't like chocolate?
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Re: Dependent spouses more likely to cheat

Postby sandman » Tue Jun 02, 2015 15:33

Yahoo! I made the broadsheets, despite being a complete idiot! RESULT!

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