Picks and Pans Review: 5 Things You Didn't Know About Infidelity

updated 05/07/2007 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/07/2007 01:00AM

>Pamela Druckerman studied adultery around the world for her new book Lust in Translation. In addition to "getting some offers" (she passed), the happily married journalist learned plenty:

1 AMERICANS MAKE THE WORST ADULTERERS We're more opposed to cheating than in almost any other country—in an '06 poll, Americans said adultery is more wrong than human cloning or incest—but that doesn't make us cheat less. We just turn affairs into relationships we never meant to have. And there's an obsession with truth-telling, which hasn't been shown to help anyone.

2 RUSSIANS NEVER SAY NYET Russia has one of the highest rates of adultery. In St. Petersburg, 50 percent of men have supposedly had affairs, but I didn't meet a single man who hadn't had one.

3 THE FRENCH ARE LAISSEZFAIRE They value monogamy as highly as Americans do, but they consider an affair something that can happen, and it doesn't mean the relationship is deeply flawed.

4 IN JAPAN, IT'S JUST A GAME There are clubs in Japan where it's a social occasion to go with your colleagues and it's not considered cheating, even if you have sex with a woman at the club. It's considered a form of recreation, almost like playing tennis.

5 AND THE MOST-FAITHFUL AWARD GOES TO ... KAZAKHSTAN Men in poor countries tend to have more affairs, but Kazakhstan is an exception. Possibly because of religious strictures, it has the lowest rate of infidelity in the world.

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