Anyone who’s ever been in a serious relationship knows that the mere thought of infidelity can turn your dreams of happily ever after sour. While lasting relationships are, of course, built on a foundation of implicit trust, building that trust requires time — and it might take a few awkward conversations or horrifying misunderstandings for you and your S.O. to realize that you are, in fact, on the same page. As if the potential for cheating with some other human wasn’t already enough to throw a wrench in your love story, there’s a whole new third-party threat lurking in the shadows of our fairy-tale happy endings… and that threat is robots.

Yes, we know this sounds a little sci-fi, but it’s actually a growing concern — and we’ve seen the numbers that prove it. According to the results of Match.com‘s eighth annual Singles in America survey, one in four singles would have sex with a robot. Nearly half of singles — 39 percent of men and 56 percent of women — would consider it cheating if their partner did the same. We understand that you might need a few minutes to absorb this information, but hey — these are the times we’re living in.

“People have long been scared that robots would steal their jobs,” Match’s chief scientific adviser Dr. Helen Fisher tells us. “Now they are scared that robots will steal their partners as well. Sex can stimulate the brain system for romance and the brain system for attachment — and when one is having sex with a robot, they are no longer stimulating these brain systems in their partner and building the relationship.”

While these findings about so-called “robogasms” are perhaps the juiciest to come from the Singles in America survey, they’re certainly not the only ones worth mentioning. The survey — which Match bills as “the nation’s largest survey done on singles to date” — reviews the responses of more than five thousand unattached Americans, spanning a huge range of ethnicities and sexual orientations in order to assess the general state of dating and singledom at this particular moment in time.

Hungry for intel that feels less like it’s straight out of a dystopian movie? Here are a few more trends that might be of interest:

Taken as a whole, what do this year’s Singles in America survey results mean for singles? “Singles more and more are trying to define every single step in relationships,” Dr. Fisher says. “Today’s singles want transparency and clarity in their relationships. I think it’s a very healthy trend.”

Plus, no robots.

Would you consider it cheating if your S.O. spent “special time” with a robot? Tweet us @BritandCo!

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