In today’s society, cheating within relationships seems to be more relevant than in past generations. Or maybe it was always prominent, but the society didn’t “encourage” it. Ever since I can remember songs on the radio would vary from happy to sad to cheating. Songs including “It Wasn’t Me” by Shaggy, “Loyal” by Chris Brown, and even “Follow Me” by Uncle Kracker have all encourage the idea of cheating on a loved one.
So is this the reason that people think it is okay to cheat and lie? It is quite possible that these singers/rapper glorify the act of cheating and making it seem like it is not big deal. These songs only explain the side of the unfaithful one. Never do these songs show the side of the victim. When people listen to these songs they might think that they will never get caught and also that it is a common thing to do. Hearing that other people take part in unfaithful acts causes deindividuation, the idea that you cannot get in trouble if everyone else is doing the same thing.
In recent news, Beyonce has released a new album Lemonade which has some cheating undertones. Throughout the album, Beyonce hints that her husband Jay-Z has been cheating on her. People have been saying things like “If Jay-Z can cheat on Beyonce no one is safe”. When people see that someone as famous as Jay-Z can cheat and somewhat get away with it, they might be inclined to join him on the unfaithful train. So what is it about this generation and cheating? Is it the music? Is it the way we’re raised? Or is it just easier to find out these days with social media? What do you think?