HUSBANDS are more likely to cheat on their wives during a recession, according to research.

Feeling threatened – as many men do during tough economic times – sends them into survival mode, which has the effect of boosting their sex drive.

The activation of these ‘short-term mating strategies’ is nature’s way of ensuring the survival of the species by getting men to procreate.

Researchers in the US asked some men to think about their own death, while others were told to think about the more trivial issue of dental pain.

Both groups were then shown sexual images, with the group who had contemplated death having higher levels of arousal and a greater heart rate than the dental group.

“We’re biologically wired to reproduce, and the environment tells us the best strategy to use to make sure our genes are passed on,” said researcher Prof Omri Gillath.

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