Majority of students value commitment in a relationship

By Aisling Brady

Seventy per cent of DCU students would break off a relationship if their boyfriend or girlfriend had a “one night stand” according to a recent survey on fidelity.

Eight-eight percent of respondents said fidelity meant being faithful in a relationship.

The survey researched how students really feel about commitment in a relationship and whether or not students are really bothered it.

The survey also found that students today enjoy the freedom of an open society “where anything goes”.

Twenty-two per cent of respondents had cheated on their boyfriend or girlfriend once. Five per cent had cheated on their boyfriend or girlfriend more than three times.

Over 200 students did the survey out of 1,200 students. Fifty-nine per cent of respondents were female while 41 per cent were male.

Three per cent of respondents felt that fidelity in a relationship was not important at our young age.

Just over half of students would feel “angry and hurt” if the person they were continually kissing, kissed someone else, while 15 per cent felt they “would not care as they are not committed.”

Seventy-one per cent of respondents felt they would be “angry and hurt” if the person they were continually kissing had a one night stand with somebody else. Nine per cent felt they would not care as they are not committed.

Fifty-five per cent felt they would be angry and hurt if their boyfriend or girlfriend had kissed someone else. Forty per cent said they would want to break up with their boyfriend or girlfriend.

Only two per cent said they would not make too much of a fuss.

Seventy-one percent felt it was worse to cheat on your boyfriend or girlfriend when sober.

The overall result of the survey found that in general, DCU students value commitment in a relationship.

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