Infidelity Statistics

While infidelity statistics are known to be be difficult to compile accurately we have compiled some of the more prevalent numbers associated with the subject. Obviously those that have committed  adultery at one time in their lives are not necessarily going to be truthful as it pertains to poll taking. Lets face, it, admitting to having a relationship with someone other than your spouse is not not something that people are generally willing to share and as a result accurate data gathering and statistics on the topic of infidelity is notoriously difficult to garner.

  • The National Marriage Project of the University of Virginia  while examining NORC data show figures noting that over a lifetime  22 percent of men and about 15 percent of women engaged in marital infidelity. These figures are well below other published studies.
  • As an example, Peggy Vaughn, author of Monogomy Myth, says that about 60% of men and 40% of women will have sex outside of marriage at least once in their lifetime.
  • A University of Washington study showed that if you earn more than $75,000 a year then you are  1.5 times more likely to have had an affair than if you you earned less than $30,000.
  • That same study also found that of those people that did stray, 62 percent of men and 46 percent of women  had the affair with someone they met through work.
  • A survey of 1000 subscribers to the magazine Christianity Today found that 23 percent had engaged extramarital sex.
  • 35% of Americans believe that adultery should be considered a crime.
  • 17% of divorces in the United States cite adultery as a contributing factor.
  • In 1999, The Washington Post reported that ten% of  affairs last one day, another 10% last more than one day but less than a month, half last more than a month but less than a year.
  • Only about 3% of men will leave their marriages and marry their affair partner.
  • 65% of those that admit to having extramarital sex cite lack of sexual intimacy as a reason for their behavior.
  • 80% of women who suspect that their husband is having an affair  are correct.  50% of men who suspect their wives are having an affair are correct.
  • 56% of men and 34% of women that were involved in affairs described their marriages as happy according to biological anthropologist Helen Fisher
  • It is estimated that over 30% of marriages will survive an incidence of infidelity

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As the administrator of the site, Doccool has has been witness to more than two thousand people involved in affairs that have shared their experiences on the site since 2008. When not studying the secret world of adultery, he enjoys spending time with friends and family at his home somewhere in central Canada. You can follow him on Twitter.

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