With one in ten couples having them, should we really be shocked by affairs?


It may seem as if there is currently a tidal wave of affairs hitting the headlines, however the UK’s leading extra-marital dating website is reporting that an affair is happening within one in ten marriages – and that’s just on one dating site.

IllicitEncounters.com, the UK’s largest extra-marital dating website, is celebrating its tenth year this year, and over the last ten years the site has seen consistent growth in the number of people looking to engage in an affair. With over 850,000 members, approximately 6% of the UK’s married population are logging on in search of an extra-marital tryst.

Spokesperson for IllicitEncounters.com, Ava Cooper commented: “I think that everyone can think of someone in their friendship circle who has been unfaithful? Having spoken with the members on the site, I understand the reasons why people look for intimacy outside of their relationship, and the changes in attitudes towards people who have committed adultery has been staggering over the past 10 years. Illicit Encounters started ten years ago to give married people a safe and secure environment to rediscover romance and passion with other like minded individuals, and most importantly – not to judge. It seems that whilst having an affair may still be as taboo as it was ten years ago, more people are understanding of why people may do it.”

Music and Film legends, Sport stars, Royalty and President’s have long been condemned in public for committing adultery, however a change has taken place with celebrities talking openly about the challenges marriage. Gwyneth Paltrow, recently spoke publicly on her understanding of extra marital affairs saying: “I am a great romantic – but I also think you can be a romantic and a realist.
Life is complicated and long and I know people that I respect and admire and look up to who have had extra-marital affairs.
It’s like we’re flawed – we’re human beings and sometimes you make choices that other people are going to judge.”

Research conducted by IllicitEncounters.com in 2006 showed that only one in eight couples would try and work through an affair; in 2013 the same study revealed that number had over halved – with just one in three couples willing to put in the extra effort required work through an infidelity. The same study showed that in 2006, 82% of people thought that having an affair was the worst thing their partner could do in a relationship, while the 2013 study showed only 57% said infidelity was the worst thing they could do.

The UK’s Leading married dating website IllicitEncounters.com

IllicitEncounters.com is the UK’s largest and longest running dating site for married people. With over 850,000 members across the UK, you’re sure to find your perfect match.

Established in 2003, we have been providing a meeting place for like-minded married and attached people for nearly 10 years. Our members have one thing in common – they are all looking for a little romance outside their current relationship. Whether that’s the occasional bit of flirtatious chat, a regular coffee date, or a full-blown affair, that’s up to them.

For comments, case-studies or more information contact Mike Taylor:

Email: Mike@illicitencounters.co.uk

Mobile: 07584 435116

Office: 020 7953 7167

Twitter: @illicitmike

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