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Love advice: Infidelity affects 22 percent, ignore hyped statistics

Think the red of love, not infidelity.
Think the red of love, not infidelity.
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Marriages may be safe. Infidelity has not increased in 20 years, say scientific analysts. Ignore inaccurate, overblown Internet numbers regarding infidelity.

4 reasons for the decline in both divorce and infidelity

  • Marriage is down as more people are living together and delaying the the walk down the aisle.
  • With this bad economy, the opportunity to cheat is diminished when men are working two jobs.
  • The economy has affected a man’s ability to support a wife and a mistress.
  • Internet porn, once believed to lead to infidelity, has been taken over by fantasy football.

Infidelity only affects about 22 percent of marriages

Scientific researchers who track national trends through The General Social Survey (GSS), the largest survey funded by the National Science Foundation have been keeping track. They have been asking questions about infidelity in nine selected regions around the country since 1988 and have interviewed close to 20,000 people.

(I periodically check in with the analysts and there are no changes in these stats.)

The National Marriage Project

From an analysis of GSS data at the National Marriage Project, University of Virginia, a slight decrease in infidelity was reported as of September 2010, according to Prof. Bradford Wilcox, director.

"Among adults who were ever married in the 2000s, 21% of men and 14% of women reported that they had ever had sex with someone other than their spouse while they were married, according to the Project’s analysis of General Social Survey data.

"In the 1990s, 22% of ever-married men and 14% of ever-married women said they’d had an affair." Amid Downturn, Divorce and Infidelity Decrease - Real Time.

Instead of snooping for cheating signs, look for ways to strengthen your marriage.

Copyright 2014 Rita Esposito

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