Guess Who's Doing The Cheating In Marriage? Yeah, Your Parents

Guess Who's Doing The Cheating In Marriage? Yeah, Your Parents

Oh, come on. Mom? Dad?

By Marianne Garvey

Young people aren’t the only ones sowing their wild oats.

Older people—as in 55 or older—are cheating on their husbands and wives much more than their younger counterparts, a new study says.

Twenty percent of married Americans over 55 admit to having extra-marital sex, while 14 percent of those under 55 admitted the same to the study, done by The Institute for Family Studies. Most of the older couples surveyed were married between 20 and 30 years, but the study reveals that “instances of adultery in older marriages has soared since 2000.”

Meanwhile, cheating amongst 18 to 55 year old married couples was actually on the decline.

The study, America’s New Generation Gap in Extramarital Sex, determined that the over 55 group that was cheating could be going through a midlife crisis.

“No matter how many polyamorists there are today, old-fashioned adultery seems to have risen among older Americans,” the study says.

“Even as overall divorce rates have fallen in recent decades, there has been a startling surge in ‘grey divorce’ among the middle-aged. Part of that story seems to be a corresponding increase in mid-life adultery, which seems to be both the cause and the consequence of a failing marriage.

“The declining rates of extra-marital sex among younger Americans seemingly portends a future of monogamous marriage. But the seeds sown by the sexual revolution continue to bear unanticipated fruit among older Americans.”

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