Unfortunately, adultery statistics for the United States are hotly
debated, for a variety of reasons. Number one, some people may have
reasons to lie during studies. Number two, some studies do not take
into account a persons entire life, but only their current marriage.
That said, here are some statistics generally felt to be accurate.
According to Affair Statistics by Karen S. Peterson of USA TODAY
* About 24% of men (and 14% of women) have had sex outside of
* People are less likely to have affairs with coworkers, and more
likely to have affairs with friends (57%) of at least six months.
* About 65% to 85% of men have never had an extramarital affair.
* Only about 0.5% overall have had multiple affairs.
This study was made up of 55% women, 45% men.
Bonnie Eaker Weil, the author of Adultery: The Forgivable Sin
) agrees that not every man that cheats will do so again. I have a
1 percent relapse rate among my patients, and that 1 percent rate is
for people who had a bio-chemical craving for connection, she claims.
(Lying About Past Sexual Relations Common,
Some studies show much higher statisticsas many as 50 to 65% of men
having affairs, but do not give statistics about multiple affairs.
(About Lovers & Other Strangers,
http://www.aboutlovers.co.za/stats.html ) An interesting trend is that
statistics given by authors of books about adultery seem to be higher
than those statistics quoted by those conducting studies that wont be
published in book form.
As for statistics regarding the U.S. military and adultery, the
figures are even more vague. Not surprisingly, the military doesnt
particularly want to publish their stats.
The number of Air Force personnel court-martialed on adultery charges
has more than quadrupled in the past decade, says the Associated
Press . While most of them are men, women are being accused in
increasing numbers, statistics show
Last year there were seven
[prosecutions against women], compared with 60 against men
adultery was among the charges in 16 Air Force courts-martialall
against men, according to statistics provided by the Air Force public
affairs office. The total leaped to 39all menin 1988 and held fairly
steady until last year's 67 cases against men and women. (Adultery
Prosecutions Up for the Military,
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