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People Are More Likely To Start An Affair Today Than Any Other

People Are More Likely To Start An Affair Today Than Any Other

A popular married dating agency expects a spike in the number of new users today

Dominic Smithers

Dominic Smithers

The New Year is, franky, pretty crappy. It's dark, it's cold, you have to go back to work and it's not acceptable to eat a cheeseboard for your dinner any more.

Well, if you're feeling a bit down in the dumps and quite frankly sick of the sight of your husband or wife, how about starting an affair? New Year, new you, and all that.

Dubbed 'blue Monday', today is the most popular day for unhappy couples to start affairs, according to married dating site Illicit Encounters.

The dating agency said they expect to see a 28 percent spike in the number of people signing up for the site, in what is the busiest week for cheating.

Apparently those seemingly harmless arguments over the festive period, combined with cabin fever, can lead to bitter resentments that are just enough to cause cracks in a relationship.

The dating site say they expect to see a spike in the number of registrations today.
Illicit Encounters

In a survey of new users, they found that 75 percent of people claimed being forced to stay with their partners during the Christmas left them feeling claustrophobic.

If that wasn't enough to make you want to jump ship, when you couple it with being back to work and the sheer dreariness of January, you have the perfect storm of infidelity.

A spokesperson for the dating site said: "The New Year is a time when people are making life-changing decisions so an increase in sign-ups at the beginning of the year is no surprise to us.

"The amount of new registrations since Boxing Day suggests that this year will be no exception.

75 percent of people surveyed said they felt claustrophobic after spending so much time with their partner over Christmas.

"A period of family lockdown means couples spend an intense time with each other over Christmas which can be quite claustrophobic.

"This can lead to a 'cabin fever' situation where couples get so infuriated with each other that underlying problems are brought to the surface.

"Studies have shown that more couples argue in January than during any other month, with many trying to deal with the stresses of returning to work, over-spending, eating and drinking over the holiday period and money being stretched tighter and tighter by New Year price rises.

"The 7th January is one of the first days back to work and couples take this opportunity to explore all the things they couldn't under the watchful eye of their partner."

But it's not that January rolls around and couples start signing up for seedy apps looking to bonk the first person they see, according to law firm, Slater and Gordon, this is also the busiest time for divorces.

Lawyer Lorraine Harvey said: "The first Monday back in work after the holiday is always a busy day for us, but I've had clients who have called me even earlier and this year particularly we've already seen a surge in new enquiries.

"I think many people see Christmas as their last shot at making a marriage work, but with all the added pressure and the perception that everyone else around them is happy it makes it even more difficult and is probably the worst time of the year to try."

What happened to just joining a gym?

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Topics: UK News, Interesting