The Rise of the ‘Costanova’! The coffee shop adulterer

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With the economic purse strings tightening, philanderers are feeling the pinch shunning their traditional restaurant dates of the past, making coffee houses the top destination for illicit trysts.

The UK’s largest married dating site IllicitEncounters.com is reporting a clear rise in the number of members ditching the traditional evening meal first date, and instead opting to meet for an coffee. In 2011 a survey of the sites members showed that an overwhelming 73% would opt of a first date over dinner, where as a survey of the sites 800,000 members in 2013 showed that now 64% of members would now rather have a first date in a coffee shop.

Spokesperson for IllicitEncounters.com, Mike Taylor Said; “I think our members have become more relaxed about going on dates over the last few years. The playing field has levelled out and it is no longer about trying to overly impress a date with fine dining and expensive wine. People want to make real connections and find someone like-minded, in a similar situation.”

One member Sophia said; “It’s all about chemistry between two people, I don’t think it matters where you meet. After spending some time getting to know your date online when you do meet you know pretty quickly if it’s going to progress, and if it is who wants the inconvenience of having to get through dinner to get to dessert.”

It seems some men may have also been studying up on the opposite sex, as research by Southwestern University actually proved that coffee has some additional properties – for females. Coffee stimulates a part of the brain that dictates arousal, boosting a women’s sex drive. So it seems a coffee shop could be the ideal date location after all!

Top 5 Coffee Shops for Illicit Dates
1 Costa Coffee
2 Cafe Nero
3 Independent Coffee House
4 Starbucks
5 Pret a Manger

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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Make it work…just not at work

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Recent revelations that former News of the World editors, Rebecca Brooks and Andy Coulson embarked on a six-year affair has proven that dipping your toe in the office ink is not always the best move.

In a recent survey, leading extra-marital affairs website, IllicitEncounters.com found that 37% of workers admitted they had dated a co-worker at some point in their career, with 17% saying they had done it more than twice.

Ava Cooper, spokesperson for IllicitEncounters.com explained: “It is easy to see why the number of employees getting together is increasing when you think about a number of factors. In the current economic climate, people are working longer hours than ever, spending more time in the office, giving them the chance to become closer to their colleagues.

“The reasons why many married people end up having affairs in the workplace is not just because they want to have a bit of mindless fun and that they’re bored with their spouses but many people become emotionally attached to those they are spending a lot of time with and seeing five days a week. They get to know each other very well on business trips, lunches or at regular meetings. Often those who get together can be dealing with the same stresses at the same time giving them common ground. It’s easy to see why so many married people fall into the trap of starting an affair with a colleague.

“However, the potential full out when an office affair goes wrong can be nothing short of nuclear. It is as ill advised and as dangerous as having an affair with your neighbour. So many things can go wrong and in many cases people can lose their jobs due to poor judgment in their choice of lover – it’s a like an accident waiting to happen.”

Illicit Encounters is the UK market leader with over 800,000 members, which is nearing 6% of the married population. The site offers married people online dating as the solution to the issue of affairs in the workplace.

Tribunals in recent years have been speckled with a large number of affairs at work that have turned ugly, resulting in bad press for the company and large costs to the business. In fact, many businesses have even enforced a strictly no affairs at work policy, which brought it’s way over from the US – named a morality code. IllicitEncounters.com has a huge number of members who have decided to go online as a result of the negative affects of conducting an affair in the workplace.

Ava Cooper added: “With both tablets and smartphones being encouraged in the workplace and with the recession causing people to work these longer hours, the growing trend of people seeking online encounters during office hours is likely to continue. It’s the secrecy, the naughtiness as well as the fact that they have no need to worry about their spouses catching them that will lead to this type of behaviour.”

People in the UK and Europe also work the longest hours, which has lead to an increase in extra-marital affairs in the workplace according to a 2012 study by Notatwork.co.uk. Results show that 82% of the 54% who have admitted having an office affair work over the UK average of 42.7 hours per week. When asked for the reasons behind the longer work hours, the answer that received the highest (45%) out of the five responses was that ‘the workload has increased in recent years due to redundancies within the workplace.’

Of all the professions listed, those in finance (31%), medicine (24%) and journalism (19%) worked the longest hours. The research, however, also revealed that those in the media industry, which was the fourth industry in the top ten, had had the most office-based affairs. The majority of those who embarked on an affair on a business trip were those in the finance sector, with 47% admitting to pursuing a colleague over a drink after entertaining clients.

Note to editors:

Of the 44.9 million adults usually resident in England & Wales in mid-2010, 48.2 per cent were married = 21,641,800 married people in UK

23.33% of married people don’t work with others (survey with OnePoll and Illicit Encounters taken by 4,000 married people in the UK). Thus 76.67% who work with others in the UK are married.

76.67% of 21,641,800 = 16,592,768 in the UK are married and work with others

7.137% women and 7.874% of men have cheated at work (39% of 18.3% and 31% of 25.4%)

= Almost 1.2million married women and over 1.3 million married men have cheated at work

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 Ava Cooper:

Email: AvaCooper80@yahoo.co.uk

Mobile: 07824 357512

Office: 020 7953 7167

Is Renewable Marriage The Answer To UK’s Marriage Crisis?

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The UK’s leading affair dating website is seeking a parliamentary debate about the future of modern marriage. With the high rate of divorce, an increase of people choosing not to marry and hundreds of thousands of unhappy spouses joining dating sites looking for affairs, IllicitEncounters.com is campaigning for the UK government to introduce renewal dates on marriages.

The controversial proposal has been put forward by the dating site whose purpose is to help unhappily married people find other unfulfilled married people to have affairs with.

A new independent study conducted by Atomik research revealed that over one third of people believe they married the wrong person. In addition, further research conducted by IliicitEncounters.com discovered over 59% of married people feel the marriage system is outdated and nearly a third would support a renewable marriage lasting between 5-8 years.

The site has written an open letter to both members of parliament and religious leaders. The letter is proposing a review of the current marriage laws and hopes to introduce a time limit on the validity of a marriage contract. The site is claiming that its purpose would “spare incompatible couples the expense of lengthy divorce proceedings and the social stigma and emotional trauma consciously uncoupling can cause.”

Spokesperson for the campaign and IllicitEncounters.com Mike Taylor commented; “Marriage should be just like a passport or driver’s license. If individuals are not interested in renewing it, then it expires. If something isn’t working people don’t just live with it. People are more than willing to change their car or washing machine if it has stopped working, why would they stay in a marriage that isn’t working if they weren’t being forced to stay due to financial burdens?”

IllicitEcounters.com maintains it is a pragmatic solution to solving the infidelity epidemic and stopping people who are trapped in unhappy marriages having to look outside them for fulfillment. These days, as Mike Taylor points out, “Those who can’t afford a divorce just suffer indefinitely.”

The site is asking supporters to write to their MP to ask for their support and are providing an open letter on the campaigns website:  www.yestorenewablemarriage.com you can also sign the petition direct at epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/71446

The campaign expects opposition from both the Church of England and the Catholic Church who have been at the forefront of opposing Illicit Encounters proposals. However the site welcomes the healthy debate as it has large amounts of members from both faiths, and is certain they will be writing to their church leaders to voice support for the campaign.

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 one million 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 12 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 Claire Page:

Email: claire@encountersmail.com

Mobile: 078 243 53986

Office: 020 7953 7167

Twitter: @illicitclaire