Latest Infidelity Statistics of USA

With the divorce rate in the United States getting higher every year, so is the cheating and infidelity in relationships. Also it has been found that infidelity rate has increased dramatically within the last twenty-five years in the United States.

Infidelity is the act of cheating on a spouse or a committed relationship partner. There are various reasons for this, ranging from a lack of satisfaction in the existing relationship to the presence of opportunity.

Why Women Cheat?

  • For women, the reason behind cheating her husband is not sex. Most women cheat for an emotional connection. This fact is quite common amongst women over the age of 30. It has been found that women can have an emotional relationship with some other person without taking it to the physical level.
  • When ignorance is there from their husband’s end, women choose the path of infidelity. They start a relationship with other person just for the sake of love and nothing else.When women are not satisfied emotionally they initiate an affair with some other person whom she trusts.

Why Men Cheat?

  • Usually, men cheat for a single primary reason that is sex. After children are born, many men do not see their wives as sex objects, but rather they just find them as maternal figures.
  • Men find sex in long-term relationships as routine or mechanical. Such feelings make men involved with some other partner just for the sake of physical adventure.
  • Many men will seek sex outside of a relationship simply to see if they can do it. It is just the male ego that leads to infidelity.

When can it happen?

Infidelity can take place anytime during a relationship. However, there are certain times when the chances of cheating a partner can be higher. Also, there are certain conditions in a relationship which can gradually lead to such situation.

After completing the first year of married life, the honeymoon period ends and a couple gets settled to a routine life. This is the time when life becomes boring for some people and they start looking for some adventure outside their family which ultimately results in cheating.

Also after the first child is born, couples find that priorities of life have changed suddenly. This occurrence can sometimes become too hard to handle. Due to the need to give your attention to someone other than your husband or wife, the emotional feelings between the two change a lot. So, illegal affairs after the birth of first child can be noticed often.

During the 5th to 7th year of married life, the chances of husband and wife having an illicit affair is also high. This is due to the relationship running its natural course, and most of the goals have been achieved, and there is nothing new in life. Just to add some excitement in life, people start seeing other. Affairs occurring during this period will continue for the longest period of time as well.


Also during the middle age which is also known as the mid-life crisis, infidelity rate is high. This is the time when children are all grown and busy with their own lives. At this time a couple living together with no children to care for look for ways to establish their new identity. Hence, they try to start a new journey in their life by coming close to someone else.

Statistics on Infidelity Rate and More:

  • Surveys show that 22% of married men have committed an adulterous act at least once in their life
  • 14 percent of married women have had affairs at least once during their married lives
  • It is in the younger generation where these values are considerably higher and the numbers of both sexes are closer together
  • The percentage of men and women who admit to having an affair with a co-worker is 36%
  • The percentage of men and women who admit to infidelity on business trips is 36%
  • The percentage of men and women who admit to infidelity (emotional or physical) with a brother-in-law or sister-in-law is 17%
  • 30% of the married women knew of their spouse’s infidelity, while for married men the number is higher and it stands at 46%
  • 90% of American believes it is morally wrong to commit an adulterous act only 61% would like to see it punished as any other crime
  • In the United States, 17% of all the divorces that occur are due to adultery on the part of either or both the parties
  • While a large number of divorces are caused by extramarital affairs most of them do not end in remarriage between the parties involved in the affair
  • 36% of the people admit to having an affair with a co-worker, with whom the usually spend more time than their spouses
  • 36 % percentage of people admits to having had an affair on a business trip
  • Statistics say that nearly 85% of the women are right when they think their partner is cheating on them while for men it is around 50%
  • 2% to 3% of all children are due to infidelity and shockingly most of these children are unknowingly raised by men who are not their biological fathers
  • 70 percent of married women and 54 percent of married men did not know of their spouses’ extramarital activity
  • Men are more likely than women to have a sexual affair, regardless of whether or not they are in a married or unmarried relationship

Note: Due to the secretive nature of infidelity, it is impossible to find the exact figures about cheating and extra-marital affairs. In many cases, infidelity never gets discovered.

Why the rate is getting higher?

  • Due to women entering the work force, there is a rise in cases of office romances and eventually rise in infidelity rate.
  • Internet and its increasing popularity have made it easier for people to engage in infidelity.
  • Jealousy is such a fundamental, universal emotion that can compel people to have a relationship with someone else.

Final Words:

To conclude, a close analysis of Infidelity rate and its growth pattern clearly indicates that nearly one half of all married men and women are involved in extramarital affairs. There is something missing in their relationships that compel them to look elsewhere for what they want. To avoid becoming a victim of Infidelity you need to be alert all the time and don’t take anything for granted and do everything to save your relationship constantly.

9 Responses to “Latest Infidelity Statistics of USA”

  1. Rob says:

    Did I miss something? Your conclusion is that “nearly one half of all married men and women are involved in extramarital affairs.”

    But your statistics report:

    “22% of married men have committed an adulterous act at least once in their life” and
    “14 percent of married women have had affairs at least once during their married lives”

    How do you then conclude 50% of men and women are having affairs???

    You propose that women in work force, internet and jealous are primary causes. Those may be the open door to temptation, but what is the ROOT cause? We don’t know how to LOVE! Yes, we know how to LUST. We have to stop looking to Hollywood for a definition of love but look to old fashioned terms like commitment and long suffering. My experience in marriage is the more I serve, surrender and give . . . the more I get back! The more joyful our family is! I don’t have to experience an ulcer while I’m being “alert all the time” and doing “everything to save” my marriage constantly.

  2. Cameron says:

    What A load of crap women dont just cheat for love and men for sex i THINK THAT Is Very sexist and many women have cheated for sex!! arrogance!!?

  3. Stephanie says:

    Women cheat for SEX also!!! Especially if you are over age 30, women are in their sexual peak and they want sex all the time. If their husband is not satisfying them sexually, there are PLENTY of men who will, finding one is not difficult.

  4. Annie says:

    I think this article is a little naive in citing specifics with regards to why women or men cheat.
    First to cite that women cheat for love, or because there is no emotional connection with there is just a generalized assumption. And the comment that “It is just the male ego that leads to infidelity.” is a sad and sorry excuse to give men a free token to cheat cause “boys will be boys”. Whoever wrote this didn’t delve into the reasons either sex cheats.
    Number one reason that anyone cheats is their own internal breakdown of the cheaters “moral compass.” The root of infidelity lies first and foremost in the deception, the cheater allows themselves (for whatever excuse they wish to formulate) citing spouses as any part of the cause for an affair is damaging and incorrect. There may have been issues in the marriage, but nothing leads to an affair – that is a decision which crosses boundaries on all relationships.
    Also citing that women in the workforce as one reason for the rate increasing is also false.

    I have even greater offense to the closing statement
    “There is something missing in their relationships that compel them to look elsewhere for what they want. To avoid becoming a victim of Infidelity you need to be alert all the time and don’t take anything for granted and do everything to save your relationship constantly.”
    NO ONE IS EVER COMPELLED TO DO ANYTHING! NO ONE IS EVER FORCED TO HAVE AN AFFAIR. The cheater who steps out of the boundaries of marriage or long term relationship does so by their own accord. There are a plethora of alternatives to explore before having an affair. To suggest spouses to “be alert” places blame on the cheated individual for the affair.
    Whoever wrote this should have done more research beyond what they found on the internet or perhaps be written by someone with real experience in the subject.
    Thank you,

  5. This is bull says:

    “For women, the reason behind cheating her husband is not sex. Most women cheat for an emotional connection.”

    What a load of crock. Biased and sexist.

  6. Adrian says:

    “Most women cheat for an emotional connection.”

    “Usually, men cheat for a single primary reason that is sex… It is just the male ego that leads to infidelity. ”

    Wow.. That’s tantamount to a male writer venting “Most women are gold digging and callous beings” or maybe women are tired of riding the same pony and want something bigger.

    This website pretending to shed light actually dims the truth with ignorance AND takes itself seriously. Arrogant..

    The unfaithful from both parties are 100% wrong. The fact this article tries to purge females is disgusting.

    Some women gloriously tout their sexual grace with the word “cougar”. Oh, that’s just their female ego to show pride they are sexually active with younger males; just because they can.

  7. bloo russell says:

    this site is obviously a pro feminist propergander site
    women cheat not for love but to advance them selves financially
    men cheat because women stop having sex after marriage
    sex is the carrot to get the donkey into the stable then she throws the carrot away
    divorce at my work place is over 80%

  8. Real truth says:

    any and every cheating statistics just show their ignorance to stay with the trends.
    here’s the truth, take it or pretend you never heard of it like mainstream media do. people do or do not cheat and their decision if generally based on how they were raised by their parents. society and media play some role but it’s much much lower than the influence from your home, so the way your parents were acting or more importantly how they taught you to act is 90% of how you’ll be acting in your life. biological urge is a scam and we all know it.

    if your parents haven’t taught you much or they just didn’t care enough and let you on your own about many things then society and media will take much bigger significance in your life, and we all know what the trends are in the mainstream media today. if you’re in your 20s you’re not supposed to say you’re a virgin because something’s wrong with you. if you’re seeking for a relationship then you’re not supposed to say that you’d refuse casual sex instead of a deep relation that you seek for, otherwise you’re a weirdo. having sex just for sake of pleasure and the egocentric messages that you should do all you want because you can and you’re entitled to it, that’s what the real problem is, not women entering workplaces or any other lame excuse.
    this article obviously follows the rotten feminism agenda, or rather widespread network of “feminists” who took over once positive movement and set it astray. that’s what feminism turned out to be, from a positive movement that was aimed at making this society better and to have equal rights for all… it turned out into one of the most vocal voices of irresponsibility and degenerate logic of self-importance. such society doesn’t produce just spoiled women, but spoiled men as well and it’s just one little wheel in a big machine called consumerism which has the ultimate goal of producing people who would easily be manipulated by the media who would set their new “urges” and “opinions” with little or no resistance, without truly thinking about their actions, truly thinking about what’s right and wrong, thing that makes as all human.

    married people who seek and/or have an affair bahind someone’s back just KNOW it’s wrong and that it’s all about them and their “needs” to try out everything, otherwise they’d not be hiding. but this is the “have it all” and “world is all about me” trend so it’s only logical that mainstream media will push for irrational excuses for it, such as “biological urge”.
    If that would be so, then “biological urge” would be an excuse for for thefts, rapes and even murders should be seen as biological needs.
    Everyone makes a marital vow of loyalty that the “contract” requires and they EXPECT loyalty in return. I don’t know a single person who would want his/her spouse having sex around or even making children out of wedlock with someone else… or to be fooled with paternity of children he raises.

    for some reason some people think it’s justified to go even against their written contracts about something of such importance like their own family, spouse, children, just for their “biological urge”. and the media’s spin doctors and promoters of such attitude are vehement in banning any responsibility of penalties for breaching such agreements. it’s kind of silly that the same kind of people are vehement in arresting people for downloading illegal music on the internet though.

    I’m aplauding for the new generations (and people who raise them well), they are the true moral altitudes. Why? Because this is the unique part of human history, infidelity and promiscuity are so widely accepted by the mainstream media and society as something normal, and such stance lasts for decades already, it’s only about their moral values and strength of their own integrity and upbringing to refuse to follow such trends.
    Cheaters never cheated because they it’s easy or hard. Movies teach people wrong and just give them hints to start cheating, as if they don’t know any better. Cheating someone who trusts you has always been easy and you don’t need trips, or going out with friends or training in the gym like movies say. You can cheat when staying longer on the workplace, when going into the grocery store, when your spouse is not at home, when you go to pick up your kids from school or when you go on parental meeting in your school, when you go to someone’s wedding. It’s just about you and your decision, and your decision is always about what kind of person you grew up to be.

  9. Annanno Dan says:

    Well, My ex-wife cheated on me from day 1 until our divorce, 5 years later. I was numb to the fact after i first found out because, well, how could anyone be so damned cold? I settled and I didn’t have any affair…until I met my new wife, who got me out of the 5 year depressed slump I was in. So, explain that one. How could a WOMAN, who had no interest in sex with me, her husband, go out and give it to anyone else who came along?

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