How common is adultery? Much more common than getting caught

Plus: Police Tasers, West End ticket prices and air-show tragedies

29 August 2015

9:00 AM

29 August 2015

9:00 AM

How many cheats?

More data on members of extramarital dating site Ashley Madison were put online. How widespread is adultery?
— The 2000 National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles found 15% of men and 9% of women admitted an ‘overlapping relationship’ within the previous 12 months.
— In 2010 an opinion poll for a dating site found 25% of men and 18% of women had ever cheated on their current partners.
— In most cases, however, the cheat seems to get away with it. In 2012, adultery was cited as the reason for one in seven of 118,140 divorces. This accounts for just 0.07% of the UK’s 24 million marriages.

Shock figures

A man was tasered on an easyJet plane at Gatwick in a row over hand luggage. Which police forces tasered most people last year?

Metropolitan 1,942 uses
Greater Manchester 889
West Midlands 884
Cleveland 54
North Wales 71
Dorset 74

Just the ticket

Tickets for Elf, a musical on at the Dominion Theatre over Christmas, will cost up to £244. What does a night out in the West End cost this Friday?
— Les Miserables, Queens Theatre: £13.95–£75.25
— Wicked, Apollo: £16.50–£74.25
— Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s: £28.85–£74.95
— Lion King, Lyceum: £41–£135.50

Naming names

At least 11 people on the ground were killed when a 1950s Hawker Hunter jet crashed on the A27 while attempting a loop-the-loop at Shoreham Air Show in Sussex. Some other air show disasters:
— Farnborough, 6 September 1952: DeHavilland 110 fighter broke up on steep climb, killing 29 spectators and injuring 60.
— Paris, 3 June 1973: Tupilev TU-144, a Soviet rival of Concorde, disintegrated, killing 6 on board and 8 on the ground.
— Ramstein, Germany, 28 July 1988: three planes with the Italian Frecce Tricolari display team collided, killing 67 and injuring 346 on the ground.
— Sknyliv, Ukraine, 27 July 2002: plane from the Ukrainian Falcons display team hit the ground and cartwheeled into the crowd, killing 77 and injuring 500.

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  • Y&B Stuart-Hargreaves

    Your statistic is nonsense. The UK has 64 million people. Of whom 52 million are legally of marrying age. 35% are single. Leaving 34 million . So the maximum number of extant marriages if everybody else married would be 17 million , not 24 million. But as we all know many millions co-habit. Please try harder.

  • james peranteau

    ooooo…..this is the touchy subject<~definate pun intended….This is an example fellow spar'ers, which I offer to contribute to this subject; not to be confused with anyone elses perception; simply mine and mine alone. The characters that I will involve here do not even know that I am posting this, heck, four of them have computers only via android and they simply refuse to use them. Anywho….I have a group of friends, and just in case anyone of them eventually come acrosss this site and see my name as a poster of comments with regard this subject…I will not give the number of friends which I include as stat reference…ok….so then…I have a number of friends who are unfaithful to their spouses; some male, some female…I in the mix….ooooo… well, I for one, I have kept the secrete; "Adultery" stored in mine dome for over twenty years. I have never completed or even had the notion or desire to complete the survey with regard the hideous revelation of my or any of my friend's "Adulterous" promiscuities, likewise themselves. We are the very tight group. We have no need to bribe; demean or sabotage each other. Most of us have spouses which have their own little clicks ahd leave our "Click" to ourselves; for the most part…holidays and such we and our spouses have get togethers. My contention, with all do respect, is simply, that the statistics given by, "The Spectator" and any soul who thinks that they have ample provisional support with regard accurate factual statistics that it is, again I reiterate; "factually" which out weights the preponderance of doubt, that their count factor is accurate, when I myself and I with certainty know, that my friends shared not in these statistics; how can your stats be correct. Again, with my friends and I not included, and all the, forgive me, fibbers not included. Please find a vastly closer to your inspiration factual subject to report on. I certainly hope that I made your day…and love the forum! Kudos to…..Y&B Stuart-Hargreaves

  • porcelaincheekbones

    Adultery should mean they get absolutely nothing in the divorce.

  • Mr Trainbeans

    this is probably a good sign we need to throw monogamy in the dustbin of history where it belongs