​‘Fishing’ is voted the number one worst excuse for affairs!

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According to new research released today by Illicit Encounters, the UK’s top married dating site, the top excuse people get caught out on when having an affair is ‘I’m going fishing’, followed quickly by ‘going to the library’ and ‘going to play darts’.

2,000 Illicit Encounters members were asked what the worst excuse was their spouse gave them when sneaking off with their lovers and out of a list of 40 options, including ‘I’m going to the bank’, ‘I need to get the car serviced’ and ‘I’m getting my eyes tested’; ‘I’m going fishing’ came out on top with 28% of the votes.

When this 28% (541 people) were asked ‘Why do you think your spouse is not fishing?’ the top six reasons were –

  • 1)The weather is too bad for fishing
  • 2)We don’t live near a lake/the sea/a river
  • 3)They don’t even own a fishing rod!
  • 4)They’ve got no interest in fishing
  • 5)They fish very late
  • 6)They don’t answer their phone when they go ‘fishing’

“What’s most shocking about this research is the feeble excuses people make when having affairs – some of them are so transparent!” Claire Page, spokesperson for Illicit Encounters said, “One would think that people would go to more of an effort to be discrete when they’re sneaking off. Perhaps they think they’re convincing, perhaps the marriage has become so stale that they don’t care, or perhaps women can read their husbands better than they think and can tell when they’re lying.

“The biggest irony about this research is that escapism is associated with fishing, but this is the main reason people have affairs too – because they want escapism from their mundane, stale marriages.”

When the 2,000 IE members were asked what would be a better excuse, the top five suggestions were:

  • 1)I’m going to football training
  • 2)I’m working late
  • 3)I’m going to the gym
  • 4)I’m volunteering for a local charity
  • 5)I’m meeting my friends in the pub

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 970,000 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 Claire Page:

Email: presspr@illicitencounters.co.uk

Office: 020 7953 7167

Twitter: @illicitclaire

Want to sneak away and have an affair? Tell her you are going fishing

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If you suspect your husband is seeing another woman and says he “has gone fishing”, the good news is that he has probably just gone fishing. A new study by leading married dating site IllicitEncounters.com has revealed that angling is the excuse that is least likely to be used by cheating husbands as they slip away from their wives.

Over 4000 members of the extra-marital dating site responded to the poll on excuses given to sneak away from their other halves, and fishing came last with just 0.2% of the overall vote. Other low scoring excuses included, visiting the doctors and spending time with an elderly relative. In fact, more men used the excuse of having been arrested than saying they had spent some time trout tickling.

Spokesperson for IllicitEncounters.com Mike Taylor said: “It is interesting that fishing was the least popular excuse, as it would serve as quite a good one. It offers privacy, can go late on into the night and often in places with no mobile phone coverage. All of which are handy settings for engaging in a clandestine romance. During the colder months men switch their excuses from playing golf to going to the gym. Ironically our female members recently voted extreme fisherman Robson Green as one of their top TV heartthrobs, so some women clearly have a soft spot for the fishermen types and would not be put of if they found their man using it as a cover story.”

During the winter months “going to the gym” was the most common excuse as it provides a good cover for being out of the home, anonymity and an explanation for being tired and having just showered before their return home. Some men have even taken up evening classes to use as a cover for a secret relationship which is effective until you have to demonstrate your newly learnt skill.

Top 5 Most used excuses Top 5 Least used excuses
  1. Going to the gym
1. Fishing
  1. Seeing friends
2. Got arrested
  1. Playing Golf
3. Visiting Elderly Relatives
  1. Working late
4. Doctors appointment
  1. Evening class
5. Fell asleep on the train / missed stop

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 750,000 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: 07824 357512

Office: 020 8819 9936

Twitter: @illicitmike