When are married South African women most likely to have an affair?

By Pieter van Zyl
21 January 2017

The answer probably won't surprise you.

The seven-year itch is apparently a problem in SA...

In South Africa, women wait on average 6,8 years before they have an affair.

The average age of these cheaters is 35,8 years old, according to research done by VictoriaMilan, a website for married people who want to have an affair to get in touch.

The sample was taken over various continents, countries and age groups.

“What do these findings teach us?” said Sigurd Vedal, founder of VictoriaMilan. “That women at a global level are, on average, seeking new lovers between 7 and 8 years after marriage.

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“Married women start having affairs for various reasons. Perhaps their husband is not giving them the attention and respect they deserve. Perhaps they still love their partners, but the spark has vanished from their marriage.”

There are also those who are in open relationships, where both partners have affairs to satisfy their physical needs whilst still sharing a tight emotional bond with each other.

“Whatever the reason, having an affair can help married women rediscover their zest for live, their sensuality, and the physical passion they may miss,” reckons the Norwegian who made millions off adultery.

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The average age of cheaters varies from country to country. In the United Kingdom most women (30 percent) who indulged in extra-marital affairs were between the ages of 25 and 29.

In Finland most cheaters are more mature – in their 30’s, and the same can be said for other countries.

In Spain for example, the average age is between 40 and 44 and in Hungary between 45 and 49.

How long women wait before they look elsewhere for affection also varies from country to country?

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The shortest time period in Europe is Ireland, where women wait only an average of 3,6 years before having an affair. In America they wait roughly 8,5 years. The average time period before an affair for women worldwide is 7,6 years.

This must beg the question: “Why bother to get married then?”

But the research is not the rule for all women and the sample was taken only from women who sign up to use the websites service.

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