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In this society it is usually assumed that one is either single or in some form of monogamous relationship At best it is sometimes considered acceptable to play the field if one is not in a committed relationship If one is in a committed relationship it is with one person only and any sexual andor romantic involvement outside the relationship is cheating Both of these situations playing the field and cheating are still often subject to the classic double standard of being more acceptable for men and womenLong before written history primitive clans and tribes were living within small highly inter-dependent social structures Many of these groups had some type of ceremony marking the forming of a union or marriage between two opposite sex partners It appears that since we began living in structured social groups humans have adhered to the belief that formal unions of two people work best for maintaining a healthy functioning society Within different societies independent unions of two people were considered the best way to secure food and shelter defend against outside aggressors and raise offspring As societies evolved the marriage bond took on increased significance within each culture One of the most universal aspects of the marriage union to be perpetuated cross-culturally was monogamy Yet despite this proclivity towards marriage and insistence that the marriage partners remain monogamous human beings have been engaging in non-monogamous activities throughout historyWe know that extramarital affairs have been going on since the advent of the socially sanctioned union Our historical concern about affairs is evident in the inclusion of extramarital affairs as one of the sins mentioned in the Ten Commandants The fact that affairs are wrong even considered to be a sin has been ingrained into us through our social cultural and religious upbringing Yet despite the social and religious disapproval of them they have been an ever present phenomenon for us to deal with So why are so many people having
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