Given most people spend more time at work than they do at home, it’s little surprise employees end up in office romances or even infidelity.
And according to a new study, a person’s profession may provide clues as to whether they will stray in the relationship.
The study, conducted by online dating agency Ashley Madison, found the top five Australian professions likely to cheat include people who work in finance, trades, computers, heath care, and education.
The controversial data was based on a survey of 1,385 Ashley Madison members between November 11 and 12, 2019.
Given most people spend more time at work than they do at home, it’s little surprise employees end up in office romances or even infidelity (stock image)
The professions likely to cheat
1. Management, business, and finance – 26%
2. Trades and transportation – 21%
3. Computers and technology – 15%
4. Health care – 9%
5. Education and social services – 7%
Up to 26 per cent of those working in the high pressure and highly lucrative field of management, business, and finance were most likely to cheat on their partner.
The second most represented group were trades and transportation, with 21 per cent of people likely to have an affair.
The third profession to look out for were those working in computers and technology, with 15 per cent likely to sleep with a co-worker.
Around nine per cent of people in health care will find it hard to stay faithful to their partner.
And those in education and social services rounded out the top five, with seven per cent of teachers and social workers likely to stray.
‘We’ve heard from members who were married at a very young age and ended up feeling like they were missing out on what the world has to offer,’ director of communications for Ashley Madison, Isabella Mise said.
‘Making that type of commitment to someone when you’re so young can result in years and years of predictable routine and cause a steep decline in physical intimacy.
‘So really, when your spouse says they’ll be “staying late at the office tonight” and you think they’re cheating, they may just be telling the truth.’
Last year, Ashley Madison found the top 10 professions that cheat for males include trades, information technology, entrepreneur, retail and hospitality, finance, marketing and communications, medical, legal, education and arts and education.
While among women, medical, education, entrepreneur, finance, social work, retail and hospitality, information technology, marketing communications, trades and legal were the top 10 professions likely to stray.
And while their are no definite formula as to whether a person will cheat on their partner, experts insist there are generally key signs to be wary of.
Relationship expert and Perth’s Millionaire Matchmaker, Louanne Ward (pictured) revealed the signs to look for and the different kinds of cheaters people may come across
The key signs of an ‘Accidental Cheater’
- Staying back at work more often
- Travelling or going out more
- Spending more time with the kids
- Looking more animated on the phone
- Increased and suspicious social media use
- Being manscaped or waxed to perfection
- New clothes or lingerie that you haven’t seen on
- Lines like ‘I just need some time alone’ are used more frequently
- Talking about a new person at work until mentions of this person suddenly stop
Relationship expert and Perth’s Millionaire Matchmaker, Louanne Ward, previously told FEMAIL about the signs to look for and the different kinds of cheaters people may come across.
‘There are several different types of cheaters and infidelity comes in different ways, shapes and forms,’ Louanne said.
‘They will start by talking about a new person at work, at golf or tennis club etc. and you won’t think too much about it until it starts to almost become awkward.
‘At this stage of the connection you can be confident nothing has happened. People who are guilty don’t talk about the crime.
‘As the attraction grows suddenly, your partner stops talking about the random stranger who has crept their way into just about every conversation for the past few months. Then like magic, poof, they disappear and there is no mention of this mystery person.’
You may notice that this person is starting to stay back at work a lot, starts having lots more events to attend (using their boss or friends as an excuse), is travelling more and is being noticeably more expressive and happy with their body language while on the phone.
This person will likely also amp up their social media use and become suspicious about it, close apps and pages down when you walk in and start saying things like ‘I’m not happy’ or ‘I just need some time alone’.
Other signs include less frequent sex and affection, not kissing you like they used to, coming home late from work and having a shower before bed.