Cheating spouse statistics are at best, calculations of what could really be happening in the actual infidelity scenario. It would be almost impossible to arrive at 100% foolproof statistics since not all people who have gone through or are going though spousal cheating will be willing to be counted and thereby reveal information that are highly personal and may still be an ongoing source of extreme emotional pain. Not all respondents either are being entirely truthful about their answers. Many men may exaggerate because of some misplaced notion that infidelity as done by men is something to be proud of. On the other side of the scale are women who tend to downplay their cheating because of the popular notion that female cheating is shameful.
To set the matter straight, cheating on a spouse is equally shameful whether done by husbands or wives. It is just that women are expected to be more mindful of their morality while men are usually let off more easily because of their “human nature” to procreate. This aspect of man’s behavior remains highly debatable. It is worth looking into some important issues as reflected by the most recent cheating spouse statistics.
In the matter of occurrence of infidelity in marriage, 23% of married men and 13% of married women admit that they have cheated at least once during their married lives. We can compare these numbers to how professionals see it as 60% of men and 40% of women will have an affair during their married lives. Though the percentages mentioned differ by a wide margin, we can see that the proportion is just about the same in the aspect of whether it would be the man or the woman who will be doing the cheating. The difference in numbers can also be attributed to the secretive nature of infidelity which makes it difficult to account for each and every case of cheating. Such is the limitation of published cheating spouse statistics.
An interesting development in the current infidelity scenario as shown in cheating spouse statistics is the role played by the Internet in facilitating its occurrence. It has been established that Internet pornography tops the list in terms of revenue. It follows therefore that the number of clients is correspondingly high. Porn sites, dating sites and other sites that are intended for the consumption of people seeking romantic or sexual relationships have worked to make infidelity a booming business. At least 25% of men and 15% women admit to accessing these sites on a regular basis.
Although 90% of Americans still believe that adultery is morally wrong, only 61% think that it should be considered a crime. Cheating spouse statistics indicate that 17% of divorces in the US are caused by infidelity. The divorce rate however, for those who married their lover is a whopping 75%. Obviously, a previous paramour is seen in a different light as a spouse, since there will be issues of distrust and guilt for marrying a partner-in-crime.
Cheating spouse statistics tend to show that people in their 40s are more prone to extramarital relationships than any other age group. Coming a very close second is the young group who are in their teens. Statistics also reveal that no age group is specifically safe from infidelity. Infidelity becomes an option if and when someone has a recurring need that is not addressed by the partner.
The workplace remains the leading place where infidelity is typically initiated. The 75% statistical rate speaks much of this truth. If its any consolation, 80% of cheating spouses who confessed to their spouses before being caught, recovered and went on to build a stronger marriage.