A study by PopCap games found that people who cheat at social games, like Farmville and Cityville, are three times more likely to cheat at school or on their taxes, park in handicapped spaces, steal hotel towels or commit adultery. In short, they tend to cheat.

In a survey of more than 1,200 adult consumers, nearly half the people who admitted to cheating in social video games also admitted to cheating in real life – compared to just 14% of those who don’t cheat in social video games. This fits with many previous studies in clinical psychology that have found people tend to act in patterns.

Here’s a look at some of the other findings: Eleven percent of British players regularly cheat, compared to seven percent ofU.S.players.  Men are slightly more likely to cheat than women (54% to 46%).  Seventy-two percent of cheaters are under 40. British cheaters were more likely than Americans to cheat on their taxes (58 percent versus 33 percent).

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