May 20th, 2010
06:47 PM ET

AC360° Test: Why people cheat

There's some really interesting new research being done into why people cheat in relationships. Recent studies have examined the brains of men and women to find out why it’s so hard to stay monogamous.

Here's an experiment you can try at home. Visualize the following scenario and make sure to focus. Otherwise, the experiment won’t work.

Imagine you're in a coffee shop and you bump into a friend or an acquaintance—a person you find very attractive. You are both happy to see each other and strike up a conversation. It's warm, engaging. Maybe there's a little flirting going on and you lose track of time. When you finally realize what time it is, you need to get home. As you are leaving, the person gives you his or her number so you can get together for coffee again in the future.

Now look at the puzzle below and try to fill in the blanks. What words can you make out? We’ll tell you what your answers say about you tomorrow night on 360° Friday at 10pm ET.

L O _ A L

D E _ _ T E D

C _ _ M I _ _ E _

B E _ A _ E

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Bonnie

    I got the first 2 right away but not the second 2!
    (MMMMM, What does THAT mean?)

    May 21, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  2. Ken from Berkeley CA

    Like the beware-behave on the last one;
    but if you're co-smitten instead of committed, watch out!

    May 21, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  3. Jeanette

    Loyal, devoted, committed, beware.

    Be loyal to your partner
    Be devoted to the person you have chosen
    Be committed to your relationship
    Beware of possible ways your relationship could be in danger

    This is the basis for a good relationship-makes sense to me!!

    May 21, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    People cheat because they are liars. Show me one cheater who hasn't lied about where, who, why and how many times they cheated.

    May 21, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  5. teresa, kent, oh

    re: "it’s so hard to stay monogamous"

    Seriously: is it HARD for someone not to sleep around? There could be nothing simpler in the world.

    By the way, you all did a wonderful job at filling in the blanks and I give you all an A+ for effort. : ) Did any of you cheat?

    May 21, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  6. TinaG.

    I guessed loyal, devoted, committed, beware. But why is there a need for an experiment? Almost everyone knows why people–mainly men–cheat: because of weakness. Take the story of Adam and Eve, she was weak in giving in to temptation first, but he was even weaker in giving in to temptation after she did when he was supposed to be leading and protecting her instead of her leading him, clear proof that he was weaker than her.

    May 21, 2010 at 6:15 am |
  7. J.V.Hodgson

    Loyal, devoted committed beware were my answers what's the real answer.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:56 am |
  8. Peter

    cool test.

    May 21, 2010 at 2:29 am |
  9. Tammy Christine

    Now these are Cute posts!

    May 21, 2010 at 12:12 am |
  10. Jason


    Go figure... Can't wait to see what this says about me... Seems silly.

    May 20, 2010 at 11:06 pm |
  11. John O. Snoberger

    Peoples do this because there is greed in their hearts and they want their cake and eat it too.

    May 20, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  12. Samantha Rowley

    I have the following words: Loyal, Devoted, Committed and Behave.
    What fun!

    May 20, 2010 at 8:34 pm |
  13. Lilibeth

    I think the words are:


    How did I do?

    Edmonds, Washington

    May 20, 2010 at 8:31 pm |
  14. Jasi

    1. Loyal
    2. deleted

    May 20, 2010 at 8:24 pm |
  15. Diane Berube Canada

    If they don’t have to quite ‘fill in the blanks’; here’s what popped into my mind: good luck with it….I can’t imagine what it says about me, I have yet to find a box I fit.
    May be I am just over the moon about whatever the future holds?
    I could never hurt a person by cheating and to think of the opportunity to pick up undesirable things that require a doctor…no thanks. I am happy keeping my penny firmly in place:)

    May 20, 2010 at 8:16 pm |
  16. Ashley

    I guessed Loyal, Demoted...not too sure of the others.

    May 20, 2010 at 8:14 pm |
  17. Barb

    Might you all say got one wrong, not so much... Here's my final answer:

    May 20, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
  18. Barb

    beware cooper!
    Told u all I was good...

    May 20, 2010 at 7:54 pm |
  19. Janice Ocala Florida

    I could only figure out this first word,at a quick glance Loyal...it will take me the rest of the nite to figure out the rest...this is fun

    May 20, 2010 at 7:16 pm |

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