Cheating Spouse US Statictic

Given the mysterious nature of infidelity, exact figures about cheating spouses and extra-marital affairs are almost impossible to found. But, listed below are some of the well-supported facts about marriage cheating.

  • It is conservatively estimated that approximately half of all married persons in the United States will engage in infidelity at some point during their marriage. Actually about 60 percent of husbands and 40 percent of wives will have an affair and cheating their partners at some point in some marriage. At the same time, 70 percent of married women and 54 percent of married men did not know of their spouses’ extramarital activity.
  • Research consistently shows that 2 to 3% of all children are the product of cheating and most of these children are unknowingly raised by men who are not their biological fathers.
  • Younger people, below 30 years are more likely candidates to cheat their spouses or partners. Many experts believe this increase in cheating is due to greater opportunity and young people developing the habit of having multiple sexual partners before they get married.
  • Men are more likely to cheat than wives. But, as women become more financially independent, wives are starting to act more like men with no respect to marriage. Interesting fact, younger women are as likely as younger men to be unfaithful and have affairs.
  • As more and more women enter the work force, “office romances” are becoming more common. Spouses often spend more time with coworkers than with each other and cheating their husbands or partners.
  • The internet, e-mail, and chat rooms are making it easier for people to engage in infidelity and find partners for cheating. One in 10 respondents said they are addicted to sex and the Internet, according to an online survey of 38,000 Internet users.
  • The initial decision to have a sexual affair out of marriage is rarely ever a rational choice; instead infidelity is usually driven by circumstances and one’s emotions. In fact, most people are surprised by their own cheating behavior at the start of an affair.
  • Biological evidence like research on biology and reproduction indicates that long-term monogamy is difficult for humans to achieve – NOT impossible, but difficult.
  • Jealousy is such a fundamental, universal emotion because infidelity has been a part of our human nature for a very long time.
  • 50-70 percent of all American marriages end in divorce and 17 percent of divorces are caused by infidelity.

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