Interesting Facts about Infidelity & Cheating Spouses in America

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Interesting Facts about Infidelity & Cheating Spouses in America

Adultery is one of the leading causes of divorce in this country, and it is more prevalent than many think. And the fact is that although few people would like to admit it, some spouses, even those that claim to be happily married, will eventually cheat at some point in their marriage.

Though it is difficult to gain accurate insight into the actual extent of adultery and sexual infidelity because of the tremendous veil of secrecy over the topic, private investigators and other experts on the topic have gathered information about the reality of infidelity in marriages and often share this information with clients that come to take advantage of their services.

Of course when most people think about infidelity they immediately think of people having sex with a person that is not their spouse during the course of their marriage.

  • It is estimated that at least 22 percent of married men have had at least one sexual encounter with someone outside of their spouse during their marriage.
  • It is estimated that 14 percent of married women have had at least one sexual encounter with someone outside of their spouse during their marriage.

The age of the average adulterer may be surprising to some people. While any age of person is susceptible to committing adultery during his marriage, it is actually men in their forties that are the most likely to stray, usually between 7 and 10 years into their marriage. When it comes to women being unfaithful to their husbands, however, it is the younger set that is more likely to stray.

It is not just sex outside of marriage that is included in infidelity statistics. Many married people also include viewing pornography as a form of sexual infidelity. Statistics show that:

  • 20% of men will admit to looking at pornography while they are at work
  • 13% of women admit to the same thing

What may be surprising about these numbers is that 90% of Americans—including those that have admitted to being unfaithful—believe that sexual infidelity during marriage is morally wrong. Of these people over half believe that adultery should be a crime.

With the amazing availability of online communication the instances of online sexual exploits has risen to incredible proportions. Internet users are prone to sexual addiction, on average devoting three hours per week specifically searching for sexual activity online. A quarter of these believe that they have completely lost control of their sexual experiences online and believe that they have caused problems in their lives with their activities.

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