No matter the reason, cheating is a choice, not a mistake. It is an act consciously chosen by a person in a relationship, and it can have very real consequences for all parties involved. However, though not all explanations are good ones, nearly every cheater has a reason. Sometimes cheating isn’t done to hurt someone else, but because the cheater is hurting. Sometimes the cheating has nothing to do with the relationship at all.
Reddit users were asked why they cheated, and you might be surprised to hear the answers they gave. We may not all agree on what constitutes as cheating, or whether cheating is ever OK, but these quotes prove that the reason someone cheats is never simple.
Answers have been edited for length and clarity.