We here at Elite Professional Investigations have been doing a little digging around and researching statistics, facts and a few truths about cheating and infidelity. In this blog, you will find our surprising findings.

With one-in-seven of all marriages resulting in divorce due to adultery how should we define cheating?

In this ever-changing world of technology, social media and dating apps/sites, cheating is no longer restricted to an office affair or a drunken night out. Everyone’s view of cheating can vary dramatically so it really depends on you and your partner’s views on the subject. We found that many people believe there are different types of cheating and we have placed them into the four categories below:

  • Physical cheating

  • Emotional cheating

  • Cyber cheating

  • Text message cheating

Thanks to a well-known dating site namely match.com we have found a description of each and they are listed below.

Physical cheating

Simply put, physical cheating is the act of being sexually intimate with someone other than your spouse or significant other. It is one of the most common forms of cheating. Although physical cheating is common among men and women, it seems to affect men and women in different ways. Men view physical cheating as emasculating and a form of physical rejection. Women, on the other hand, may be more likely to see beyond the physical indiscretion if they perceive that emotions were not involved.

Emotional cheating

Emotional cheating may include physical intimacy but not necessarily so. Emotional cheating may begin as an innocent friendship. Eventually, an emotional cheater finds himself intimately confiding in the person, sharing thoughts, dreams and an emotional closeness that would normally be reserved for his/her partner. In some ways, emotional cheating is more crippling to a relationship than physical cheating. With physical cheating, the cheater may still feel emotionally connected to his partner and may only be seeking to fulfill a sexual fantasy. With emotional cheating, however, the cheater's heart may no longer be in the relationship.

Cyber cheating

With the popularity of the Internet, cyber cheating is becoming a more common problem among couples. Cyber cheating can come in a variety of forms. Cyber cheating includes Internet pornography, online dating and flirting with other people on social networking sites. Cyber cheating is harder to catch than other forms of cheating. It requires the couple to have access to one another's computer passwords and to pay close attention to conversations each person is having on the Internet.

Text message cheating

Text message cheating, also known as chexting, has come to the forefront due to the high-profile affairs of celebrities who were caught cheating via text messaging. According to Fox News, this is a new form of cheating because it supplies the physical proof of infidelity. "Chexting" includes sending sexually explicit messages or pictures and texting to arrange dates. Even simple messages that seem innocent, such as asking how someone is doing, can be considered chexting if the intention of the person sending the text is to hook up with the recipient.

So let’s get down to the real reason you are reading this blog. The following statistics make for interesting reading. We must stress they are only statistics. There is no hard solid evidence that these are the true numbers surrounding these subjects. These are merely the people who have willingly taken part in surveys about cheating and infidelity.

  • 14% of women and 22% of men that are married have admitted to having at least one extra-marital sexual encounter. 36% of that figure admitted that it was with a co-worker.

  • 68% of females and 74% of males admitted they would cheat if it was guaranteed they wouldn’t be caught by their spouse of significant other.

  • According to the notorious affairs website ashleymadison.com, Wednesday is the most popular day for partners to cheat especially between the hours of 1700 and 1900.

  • 17% of men and women will admit infidelity to a brother or sister in-law. Shockingly we found that 2.5% of children born were secretly conceived with a different male than the mothers partner.

  • 1.8 years is the average length of an affair.

  • 23% of males and 17% of females said it only happened once.

  • 33% of males and 36% of females having affairs say they have done it 2-5 times. And over 40% say it has been over 6 times.

  • According to statistics women are more likely to have an affair with a co-worker than males.

Finally, here are some of the most common places of where these affairs and encounters originated from:

  • At work.

  • An old friend.

  • Social event such as a wedding or birthday party.

  • Social areas such as the Gym or Bar.

Now you have seen some of the figures, watch out for our next blog that will be on “signs that your partner is cheating”. We promise it won’t be disappointing.

If you have any concerns about a cheating spouse or any other service that you think a Private investigator can help find the truth contact us for a discreet non-obligatory consultation.

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