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Older couples 'more likely to cheat than younger counterparts'

When it comes to infidelity, it seems that older people are much ahead as compared to younger men and women.

world Updated: Nov 03, 2008 13:26 IST

When it comes to infidelity, it seems that older people are much ahead as compared to younger men and women.

A new study has revealed that older couples are far more likely to cheat than their counterparts from the younger generation, and harbour no regrets, leading British newspaper the 'Daily Mail' reported.

Researchers have based their findings on a survey of over 55s and those aged between 18 and 34 years -- 28 per cent of the first group admitted being unfaithful to their partner as compared to 24 per cent of the younger lot.

However, half of the younger generation surveyed said they were ashamed of their infidelity while only a third of the over-55s felt any regret about straying.

The study found that older couples were more liable to shrug off minor indiscretions and forgive their partners.

The researchers also found just half of the over-55s considered kissing someone else cheating, compared with 83 per cent of those under 34.

In fact, younger people were also more likely to consider that suggestive text messaging, flirting or having dinner with someone without their partner's knowledge, as infidelity, the survey of 1,600 people revealed.