According to a survey conducted by YouGov UK, one in five British adults confess to having an affair, while a third of Brits claim that they have considered it. Of those who have had an affair, only 50% stopped at just one: 25% went on to have two affairs, while 20% have participated in three. Surprisingly, 8% have had five or more affairs! What qualifies as an affair was also addressed in the survey. Although 20% of people admit to having an affair, 22% of survey participants admitted to kissing someone else, but only 17% have actually had sex with someone else. Additionally, most affairs go beyond one-night stands: 82% said that their longest affair lasted more than a week, and 5% said they are still involved in their longest affair.
The data showed that 49% of cheating men go on to have additional affairs, versus 41% of women. More men say they have thought about having an affair (37%) versus women (29%).
Overall, 43% of people had an affair with someone they considered a friend, while 38% went for a co-worker, 18% a stranger, 12% an ex-partner, 8% a neighbour, and 3% a relative of their current partner. The motives of cheating men and women were also slightly different: 44% of women said, "I felt flattered by the attention," and 43% said, "I feel emotionally deprived in my relationship". Meanwhile, 35% of men chose the flattery option and 32% chose dissatisfaction with their sex life. Only 15% of women selected a lacklustre sex life as a motive.
A startling 9.13% of the Oxford population admitted to having an affair, according to the 2018 Infidelity Index published by IllicitEncounters.com, the UK's leading married-dating website. Just behind them is St. Albans, with 9.12% of the population admitting to an affair.
While London ranks low for UK cities at 48 overall (with just 1.47% of Londoners admitting to an affair), that's not the case for all of its boroughs. For example, 6.16% of people living in Richmond upon Thames admit to having an affair.
On a not-so-sour note, forgiveness does happen. According to the survey, 29% of men are likely to forgive a cheating partner versus just 21% of women.