- If your parents have cheated, you’re significantly more likely to cheat yourself
- 75% of female adulterers and 67% of male adulterers have at least one parent who has had an affair
- If both of your parents have cheated, the likelihood of you cheating soars; 90% of women and 86% of men with two cheating parents are cheaters themselves
- 51% of women and 44% of men said that their parents were happy and successful, even in spite of their affair, so they saw no reason not to do the same
- The results come from a survey of over 1,000 men and women on IllicitEncounters.com, the UK’s leading dating website for married people
We all inherit certain traits and characteristics from our parents, but could cheating be one of them?
IllicitEncounters.com, the UK’s leading dating website for married people and the leading authority on infidelity, can reveal that over 75% of women and 67% of men who use the site have had at least one parent who has had an affair.
The study, which surveyed over 1,000 men and women ranging from 25 – 65 years of age, found that, when both parents have had an affair, the likelihood of their child cheating skyrockets.
Namely, 90% of women and 86% of men who have had both parents cheat are pursuing an affair themselves.
But there’s more to it than being easily impressionable. 51% of women and 44% of men said that their parents were happy and successful, even in spite of their affair, so they saw no reason to not have their cake and eat it, too.
Katie, an accountant from Birmingham, said:
“My mum had an affair when she was married to my dad, and my dad also cheated with his second wife.
“It didn’t hurt me growing up, but it also didn’t impact my parents’ careers, and they always seemed happy pursuing non-monogamous relationships, so I don’t see why I can’t go down the same avenue.”
Meanwhile, a further 30% of women and 35% of men said that growing up around parents who had cheated made them desensitised to affairs, and normalised the idea of a non-monogamous relationship.
Spokesperson for IllicitEncounters.com, Christian Grant, said:
“Everyone’s childhood shapes who they are when they grow up. And when you happen to grow up around infidelity, it ends up normalising it.
“Not only does it make it seem ok, but if one, or both of your cheating parents, your parents had successful careers and seemed emotionally unscathed, it encourages their offspring to do as they see.
“It trickles down from one generation to another and becomes a cycle that’s difficult to break, but, it’s a cycle that adulterers seemingly don’t want broken.
“As far as they’re concerned, their relationships are fulfilling, and the whole situation is normal.”
NOTES TO EDITOR
IllicitEncounters.com is the UK’s leading dating website for married people and the leading authority on infidelity. 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 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.
We’re always more than happy to talk about IllicitEncounters.com – please contact Christian Grant through the details below – but we’re not willing to speak publicly about SaraHartley.net at this moment in time.
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