This is a sponsored post on behalf of National Cellular Directory. All opinions are entirely my own.
If you haven’t already watched the show The Affair, I highly recommend that you devote some time to binging. The first season focuses mainly on Noah (a man you’ll want to punch in the face repeatedly) who cheats on his wife with a woman named Alison (you won’t be very happy with her either).
I really loved the concept of showcasing the very same scenarios told from two unique perspectives—because you’ll notice immediately the quintessential differences between men and women, including what both sexes notice and focus on in their day to day lives.
I bring this up here because I was recently contacted by National Cellular Directory and they presented me with an alarming infographic and statistic about cheating and it made me think of the partnerships on The Affair.
According to this infographic, a divorce in the United States occurs every 36 seconds, and that the average age for a first divorce is 30. When I think back on some of my earlier relationships, I am 100% certain that I would have ended up in divorce court if I had made it down the aisle.
Maybe there is some validity to getting married at a later stage in life.
Anyway, let’s go back to the infographic for a moment. There are a lot of stats that stand out to me, but the one I find most alarming is that a whopping 68% of women state they would have an affair if they were 100% certain their spouse would never find out. SIXTY-EIGHT PERCENT! That seems staggering.
Here are some of my thoughts:
- I don’t care what you tell me, these people are not happy
- FOMO exists in relationships, too
- Cheating doesn’t always have to be physical; if you form an emotional connection outside of your relationship, it can be just as damaging to your spouse and your relationship
- Is it just my Jewish roots, or am I the only one who finds it difficult to live with that kind of guilt? EVEN IF I could “get away with it,” it would haunt me for the rest of my life.
I’d love to hear from you about this topic. Do you think that people in a “happy marriage” cheat OR do you think there is something beneath the surface that perhaps we do not know? Leave your comments below!