In the interviews, only 1 percent of women said they had been unfaithful to their husbands in the past year; on the computer questionnaire, more than 6 percent did.
At the same time, experts say that surveys appearing in sources like womenâ€™s magazines may overstate the adultery rate, because they suffer from what pollsters call selection bias: the respondents select themselves and may be more likely to report infidelity.
But a handful of new studies suggest surprising changes in the marital landscape. Infidelity appears to be on the rise, particularly among older men and young couples. Notably, women appear to be closing the adultery gap: younger women appear to be cheating on their spouses nearly as often as men.
The survey data show that in any given year, about 10 percent of married people â€” 12 percent of men and 7 percent of women â€” say they have had sex outside their marriage.
Most people are unable to control their own emotions, or urges.
In some cases, it seems to make sense to have sex outside the marriage. Satisfy desires, and keep the union intact. But that requires deception of your spouse, which means you have basically killed the marriage anyway.
Government tries to encourage people to get married by making it a legal status with tax breaks. However, that may just encourage marriages of convenience. Some people should never marry, or breed. Some should.
Some are born to sweet delight; some are born to the endless night. One side (liberals, leftists) want you to do something about that, and the others are content to see it as part of reality and thus 100% functional as it is.