Sexy sixties: Senior citizens are more likely to have extramarital sex | sex and relationships | Hindustan Times
Today in New Delhi, India
Sep 20, 2017-Wednesday
-°C
New Delhi
  • Humidity
    -
  • Wind
    -

Sexy sixties: Senior citizens are more likely to have extramarital sex

A new study has revealed that older people are cheating on their spouses much more than their younger counterparts.

sex and relationships Updated: Jul 14, 2017 15:40 IST
It’s easy to assume that this is simply because older people are likely to have been married longer and have thus had more time to cheat.
It’s easy to assume that this is simply because older people are likely to have been married longer and have thus had more time to cheat. (Shutterstock )

Hard to believe isn’t? But a new study has revealed that older people are cheating on their spouses much more than their younger counterparts. According to the research, published by the Institute for Family Studies, 20% of married Americans, aged over 55, admit to extramarital sex, compared to just 14% of those under 55, reports the Independent.

It’s easy to assume that this is simply because older people are likely to have been married longer and have thus had more time to cheat - the majority were married between 20 and 30 years - but the study reveals that instances of adultery in older marriages have soared since 2000.

At the same time, the rate of extramarital sex amongst 18-55-year-old married couples has declined, showing a divergence. There’s also the possibility that the findings reflect a rise in polyamory or “ethical non-monogamy” i.e. having sex with other people with your partner’s consent.

The research, titled ‘America’s New Generation Gap in Extramarital Sex, was led by Nicholas H. Wolfinger, a professor in the University of Utah’s Department of Family and Consumer Studies. “No matter how many polyamorists there are today, old-fashioned adultery seems to have risen among older Americans,” Wolfinger says.

Follow @htlifeandstyle for more.