* 1 in 3 men use ‘I’m in the office’ as an excuse to have an affair
* 89% of hybrid workers choose Mondays or Fridays to cheat instead of work
* Less than a quarter of adulterers feel guilty for cheating, however nearly all of them agree they’d feel guilty if they were caught red-handed
* Study conducted by IllicitEncounters.com, the UK’s leading dating site for married people
He’s not working from home, he’s having an affair!
There’s a lot of stigma that people who WFH don’t actually get any work done. IllicitEncounters.com can shed some light on this being partly true, for affair seekers anyway!
The cheating website, that’s solely for married people seeking affairs, conducted a poll with 2000 male members to reveal the most popular excuses men use to cheat.
The survey found that most men lie that they’re going to work when actually they’re having an affair. A whopping 37% use ‘I’m in the office’ as an excuse to be unfaithful.
Out of those, 89% said they typically use this excuse on a Monday or a Friday – opting to have an affair on one of those days instead of actually going into the office. The word TW*T comes to mind, the term adopted for hybrid workers that don’t come into work either side of the weekend, only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Looks like being a TW*T is the perfect excuse to cheat on your wife.
The second most popular excuse used by affair-seekers is I’m at the ‘gym’ (29%), or at the ‘pub with a friend’ (17%).
Only 5% of cheats say they are ‘working late’ to cover up their affair.
4% say they are ‘shopping’, instead of cheating, and 2% of adulterers use golf as an excuse – that’s one way to enjoy the 19th hole.
Less than a quarter of those surveyed feel guilty about their indiscretions (23%), however, nearly all of them 97% said they would feel guilty if their partner suspected them or found out about the affair.
We also asked whether call-forwarding was something these men do to hide their tracks and 65% admit they use call-forwarding to their mobiles just in case they get an impromptu phone call from their wives whilst ‘in the office.
Harry, 34, London
‘Since March our company has adopted hybrid working. It’s really up to us when we want to come in as long as we don’t take the mickey. On weekends the kids need constant attention and my wife always seems to find bits and bobs need fixing around the house, I can never catch a break. I’ve been having an affair with someone local for about 3 months. While her husband is at work and the kids are in school I’ll go round to hers. There really isn’t any other time we can afford without raising suspicion. I don’t feel guilty, what my wife doesn’t know isn’t going to upset her.’’
Jessica Leoni, sex and relationships expert at IllicitEncounters.com said ‘A solid alibi for infidelity is important to these men, you can’t get any more solid than going to work. We all switch off from our lives when we’re at work and have been indoctrinated to never contact a spouse whose out making bread unless it is an absolute emergency. Wives aren’t bothering husbands who are making money. How are they to know they’re not needed in the office on any particular day?
The hybrid worker is an opportunistic adulterer. As a direct effect of the coronavirus pandemic, this unique excuse allows men to indulge in affairs while lying about where they are on the regular.
Going to the gym is the second most popular lie, but does require a bit of planning, not only do you need your sweaty gym kit, you also want to make sure you’re at least a little bit in shape, otherwise all these visits to the gym seem iffy.
Formerly ‘working late’ was a tried and tested excuse, but it hardly works these days. If your spouse is always working late, you will become suspicious. If your spouse, however, has simply gone to work and comes home on time every single day, what reason would you have to worry?
Lying has always been a necessity in adultery. If you’re going to cheat, don’t get caught!”
The top lies to cheat
In the office 37%
Pub with a friend 17%
Working late 5%
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.
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