Whether it’s a big occasion or a low-key affair, exchanging vows in front of your loved ones on your wedding day is often said to be one of the most memorable things you can do. But, while tying the knot is a way of showing your commitment to your spouse, some people who are married can still be tempted to cheat. And, worryingly, more than half of self-confessed cheaters have admitted that the first time they had their first affair was after saying ‘I do’. According to a survey of 1,586 members of Ashley Madison, the married dating site, 54 per cent first became unfaithful after getting married and having kids.
Maybe an affair helps them to forget, at least for a while
Dr. Tammy Nelson, sex and relationship therapist
“This data shows us that it’s not that long after getting married that people first think about straying from their marriage,” Isabella Mise, director of communications for Ashley Madison, said.
“Our members often tell us that marriage isn’t all that they thought it would be, and after the honeymoon fades and kids come into the picture, things shift.”
She continued: “The relationship becomes less about passion and sex between the couple and more about the everyday life of the family unit.
“They remark feeling disconnected to their spouse and more like roommates than romantic partners.”
Out of 2,099 Ashley Madison members asked, 32 per cent of cheaters had their first affair between the age of 10 and 39.
In comparison, 28 per cent of respondents said they