Where (geographically) do More Cheaters Live?
Are you ready for this? Cheaters are everywhere. It is not as if there is one single place in the world where cheaters live or congregate. Judging from statistics, it would definitely require a whole lot of space to pack them in. Since global sex research studies are at best patchy and incomplete, we can only be guided by certain factual figures which can only be taken for their specific worth and not in any way to generalize.
One case in point is referring to the Sub-Saharan African Region as the World Infidelity Capital. This region got this distinction specifically from data gathered by researchers tracking the spread of HIV while trying to map the sexual behavior of the people in the region. From this same study, the tiny West African nation of Togo having a population of less than six (6) million reports of having 37% of their married or cohabiting men admitting to having more than one sex partner in the last year. This figure included practicing polygamists. Not far behind the Togolese men are the men of Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, Mozambique, and Tanzania. All these data combined produced a number that earned the region its claim to the title.
It is quite difficult to say whether the above details provide enough justification for the arrived conclusion. Research studies conducted about infidelity have the great disadvantage of the existence of many stumbling blocks that prevent a more extensive and detailed study. First and foremost are the many different names of infidelity and the very tricky matter of determining what constitutes cheating. Views on cheating differ by culture, religion and personal belief. What may be cheating to one may not be so for another.
Another stumbling block is the absence of reliable statistics by countries probably because national surveys are quite expensive. Most governments cannot afford to fund them while some governments simply do not allow or encourage any public discussion about sex. Church intervention is another thing to consider since some religions frown on making studies about sex-related subjects. Japan’s supposed infidelity rate can only be mirrored by the size of the country’s paid sex industry. Russian women in their 40s talk of having no other choice but to date married men because of the existing ratio of 46 men to every 100 women. Muslim countries are stricter when it comes to sex research thus the difficulty of obtaining real statistics.
At least one website dealing with infidelity problems and suspicions dare to ask the possible relation between the traffic generated by their site by countries and the actual infidelity rate existing in such countries. The top 3 countries are Unites States (73%), Canada (5%) and Russian Federation (5%). Taking the results solely on the basis of traffic generation is inconclusive but we can co-relate such figures to other related figures. Another website features the percentage of divorce per country. Again, topping the list is United States at 4.95 per 1,000 people, followed closely by Puerto Rico and Russia.
These figures can still be co-related to other independent studies that show some interesting findings. One study says that 90% of first-time divorce in the US relates to infidelity. Another study shows that more than half of marriages in the US that experienced infidelity ended in divorce. Sometime in 2003 when UK divorce lawyers were asked to name the most common causes of divorce, the existence of extramarital affairs came out as one of the top answers. What is more interesting however is the cheating percentage which attributed 55% to husbands and 45% to wives. Another related study shows the workplace as the leading breeding environment for infidelity cases. This supports the idea that cheating is more prevalent away from home. Research findings still have a long way to go before they can be fully representative of a general fact. Infidelity research studies should first hurdle the obstacles inherent to its nature.