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02/07/2014 07:06 pm ET Updated Feb 07, 2014

Is An Emotional Affair Worse Than A Sexual One? Men And Women Disagree

Apparently, some types of cheating are worse than others.

Victoria Milan, a dating site for people seeking affairs, surveyed 5,000 of their members to find out their attitudes about cheating -- specifically, how they felt about sexual affairs versus emotional affairs. It turns out, men and women have very different ideas about what's forgivable and what's not.

Here's what they discovered:

  • 72 percent of men said sexual affairs were worse than emotional affairs.
  • 69 percent of women said emotional affairs were worse than sexual affairs.
  • 76 percent of women would forgive their partner for a strictly sexual affair
  • Only 35 percent of men would forgive their partner for a strictly sexual affair.
  • 80 percent of men said they would forgive an emotional affair.
  • Only 30 percent of women would forgive an emotional affair.

"Many people are searching for affection, a deeper connection that can lead to real, feelings, not just sex," said Victoria Milan CEO Sigurd Vedal in a press release. "What kind of cheating is more painful? It totally depends on the individual, and maybe on gender as well.”

A study published last year in the journal Evolutionary Psychology agrees. Researchers from the University of Michigan found that women viewed "forming a deep emotional bond" during infidelity as a much bigger concern than men did.

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