According to a new report in the Daily Mail, January and February are the months in which Brits are more willing than ever to consider having an extramarital affair, with participants putting their desire to cheat down to Christmas ‘cabin Fever’.
Research from a number of marital affair dating sites found that people were most likely to embark on an affair on the 6th of January and more likely to have an affair during January and February than at any other time of the year. The surveys discovered that being forced to spend time with family with no hope of escape and worries about the coming year cause people to make sudden changes and act less rationally, for example by starting an affair.When a relationship is already in trouble the stress of Christmas can stretch it to breaking point and thousands of people in unhappy relationships choose this time to start looking around for something new. For many people the 6th of January is their first day back in work and the first time they can enjoy a bit of freedom following Christmas, providing the perfect opportunity for people to start exploring things they can’t with their partner looking over their shoulder.
One popular extramarital affair dating site found that activity levels from their members went up by 25% during January, whilst a further study found that 1.8 million couples admitted to having serious arguments during the festive period. One tenth put this down to spending more time than usual with their other halves whilst one in four said too much alcohol was to blame.
In addition to their discoveries about increased infidelity at the beginning of the year, the studies also found that January 6th is the day when recruiters receive the highest volume of CVs as people look for better job satisfaction and more money.
Whilst in the past people could expect a job for life, in the current economic climate things aren’t so simple any more. Workers aged between 18 and 29 are twice as likely to decide on a drastic career change than workers in the generation above with two out of three of those surveyed stating that they’d already changed career paths or planned to in the near future.
One survey cited modern employment as a factor in increased infidelity too, explaining that modern jobs provide more opportunity to cheat as workers are more likely to work long hours and spend more time away from home.
In addition, the popularity of social media sites has made it easier than ever to meet new people and have affairs. Meanwhile, UK citizens are joining marital affair and illicit encounter sites in their droves. Interestingly, research from the UKs top marital affair site found that women are now joining in much greater numbers than men, which could partly explain the general increase in infidelity throughout the country as more women go out to work, become independent and begin to behave in a manner more usually associated with their male counterparts, for example deciding to have an affair.