Men are more likely than women to forgive their partner after discovering they have been cheating, new figures have shown.
Data from Ashley Madison, the infamous dating site for 'affairs and discreet dating', shows that women are less likely to turn the other cheek over incidents of infidelity.
The results emerged from a global study of 3,000 members of the married dating site.
The site revealed that 85 percent of female members had been forgiven over a previous affair, while the same could only be said for 80 percent of men.
But there's more.
When asked if they would forgive a partner for playing away, 86 percent of men said they would, while only 82 percent of women reciprocated.
Discussing the interesting findings, psychotherapist Lucy Beresford said it was about the perception of relationships between the sexes.
She said: "When faced with the idea of cheating, men concentrate on what happened physically.
"Woman on the other hand are more interested in the emotional impact.
"The fact men appear to be more forgiving could also be because men and women tend to process their responses to infidelity differently.
"Men are much more interested in knowing about the physical aspects of an affair and find it hard to forgive when sex is actually involved.
"Whereas women are much more affected when they believe there has been an emotional connect to the affair.
"They are much less likely to forgive emotional infidelity in an affair relationship, and men are much less likely to forgive physical infidelity."
The data also showed that while you might have expected the pandemic to have affected people's ability to get their leg over behind their partners' back, it hasn't.
The site found that most people who cheat have two illicit rendezvous a month. However, around a fifth of people having an affair say they don't actually have sex with their secret partner.
The survey also found that those in Ireland are the most active cheaters, with 20 percent of love rats over there meeting their secret partner every single day.
Cheaters in Germany came second in the list, with 13 percent admitting to cheating every day. Those in Colombia came in third (eight percent), France were at fourth (six percent), and the UK in at fifth (five percent).
But while cheating can cause a partnership to end, as well as a bunch of other things, Rachel Foster reckons every woman should give it a go.
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