Ashley Madison Studies Reveal Partners Who Are Most Likely To Cheat

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Is your partner a doctor? A Libertarian? Obsessed with tattoos? If so, a series of surveys from married dating site Ashley Madison says they may be more likely to cheat.

As the world’s foremost experts in affairs, with more than 39 million users in 53 countries, the folks at Ashley Madison know a thing or two about infidelity. Several studies conducted by the company this year reveal the secrets of America’s cheaters, including who’s most likely to be unfaithful, what they’re attracted to when they do it, and which partners are most likely to forgive an adulterous indiscretion.

One survey determined the professions that are most likely to stray. The most common jobs for cheating women are in the medical field (nurses/doctors). “A combination of long hours of potential stress mixed with a natural reaction to stress just might be the reason these women in the medical profession seek out an affair,” reports Ashley Madison.

The top 12 careers for cheating female respondents are:

  1. Medical, nurses and doctors
  2. Education
  3. Entrepreneurs
  4. Finance
  5. Social work
  6. Retail and hospitality
  7. I.T.
  8. Marketing and communications
  9. Trades/Builders
  10. Legal
  11. Arts and entertainment
  12. Politics

Cheating men, however, are more likely to work in trades. “Jobs in trades often mean irregular hours and are often structured in shift work meaning it's easier for men to fly under the radar when it comes to sneaking around with an affair partner,” posits the survey.

The top 12 careers for cheating male respondents are:

  1. Trades
  2. I.T.
  3. Entrepreneurs
  4. Retail and hospitality
  5. Finance
  6. Marketing and communications
  7. Medical, nurses and doctors
  8. Legal
  9. Education
  10. Arts and entertainment
  11. Agriculture/Farming
  12. Social work

Separate research found that partners who are politically conservative are also statistically more likely to be unfaithful. The study, titled "American Political-Party Affiliation as a Predictor of Usage of an Adultery Website," examined the correlation between voter registration from five states in 2012 and Ashley Madison payment records leaked in 2015.

The study found that registered Libertarians in all five states used Ashley Madison the most, at a rate of 1 in 300. Conservatives and unaffiliated voters fell in the middle. Democrats used Ashley Madison the least in all five states, ranging from 1 in 750 in California to fewer than 1 in 1,500 in Oklahoma.

"Our results are perhaps the strongest evidence yet that people with more sexually conservative values, although they claim to act accordingly, are more sexually deviant in practice than their more sexually liberal peers," wrote the study authors.

Those who do cheat, says a study from July 2018, frequently seek out affair partners with tattoos. Respondents said they’re attracted not just to the superficial look of tattoos, but to what they symbolize. Up to 42% of cheaters believe people with tattoos are more spontaneous and 27% say people with tattoos are more sexually adventurous. Others said people with ink are edgier (40%) and more fun (26%).

“According to this survey, the personality traits that people associate with tattoos are attractive qualities when seeking an affair partner,” Dr Tammy Nelson, a sex and relationship therapist, explained. “So it may not be the tattoo itself that stimulates the attraction, rather that it signals the potential for greater excitement that people aren't feeling in their marriage.”