• 58% of men have an affair in search of intimacy, compared to 40% of women
• 65% of women have an affair in search of a meaningful relationship
• Almost two thirds of men are jealous of an intimate affair, while over half of women are jealous of an emotional affair
• The results come from IllicitEncounters.com, the UK’s leading dating website for married people
Men are lustful, while women want something more. IllicitEncounters.com, the UK’s leading dating website for married people, surveyed over 1000 of their members and found that 58% of men have an affair for sex, compared to 40% of women, while 65% of women have an affair in search of a deeper, more meaningful relationship.
Spokesperson for IllicitEncounters.com, Christian Grant, explains: “Typical men, right? Maybe, maybe not. The average man on IllicitEncounters.com is a high earner and a hard worker. As it stands, he just about has enough time to juggle his current daily routine, balancing his work and familial responsibilities.
There simply isn’t any room for him to meet a second woman and delve into a deep and meaningful relationship. A quick fling however, now that’s an entirely different story.
The women on the other hand are the ones who find themselves on the receiving end of this kind of a relationship. Their husbands work long hours, sacrifice time spent at home for time spent at work, so they’re yearning for some companionship.
Women want what they can’t have at home; they can’t be wined, dined and experience something meaningful.”
Maria, a 42-year-old estate agent from London, said: “One of the big compromises of having a successful career is inevitably a lack of time spent in other areas. In my marriage, I am that other area. While I love my husband, I can’t remember the last time we spent any sort of meaningful, quality time together – even something small.”
But what happens when the tables are turned? IllicitEncounters.com found that almost two thirds of men were jealous of an intimate affair (63%), while over half of women (54%) were more likely to be jealous of an emotional affair.
Grant explains: “For a lot of men, the idea that another man is able to satisfy his wife’s needs better than they can is a demoralizing and emasculating thought. Women, meanwhile, are more concerned with their husband’s being emotionally unfaithful. Sex might not even come into the equation – it’s more so the idea that their man prefers being in the company of another woman.”
NOTES TO EDITOR
IllicitEncounters.com is the UK’s leading and longest running dating site for married people. With over 1,000,000 genuine UK users since 2004, you’re sure to find your perfect match.
Established in 2004, 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.
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