It’s one of many hilarious anecdotes in Jim Bouton’s classic exposé of Major League Baseball, Ball Four. He recalls an unnamed teammate talking to a young woman who asks him if he’s married and he replies, “Yeah, But I’m not a fanatic about it.”
Well, millions of people are just like him. Even though ‘thou shalt not commit adultery’ comes in at number 7 on the Top Ten Commandments list, over 80% of American consider adultery more objectionable than human cloning, suicide, and polygamy. That’s why they call it cheating.
But there are countries where infidelity is somewhat morally acceptable, or at least a pleasurable vice. In France the President was caught with a hot young cutie and nobody said much about it – but what do you expect from a country where the new “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie is classified suitable for children 12 and up?
In the last decade the big players in the hookup business, Durex Condoms, and online dating sites for married people have conducted exhaustive surveys to work out where in the world people are cheating most. Here, TheRichest has crunched the data to find out which ten countries are most often cited as enjoying illicit sexy affairs.
There are some outliers in the data, however. For example, in a 2005 poll by Durex, Turkey was ranked as the infidelity capital of the world. The credibility of that number is thought to be dubious, as Muslim countries are invariably among the least adulterous in the world; that particular result has therefore been eliminated from the following findings as anomalous. In fact, Paris has been voted the Infidelity Capital of the World, although the numbers suggest the real capital might be much further east…
10. Finland: 36%
Technically Finns don’t cheat. They have “parallel relationships.” It might be worth trying that one on your spouse if you get caught. Interestingly, the rate among middle aged and younger cheater declined sharply through 2010. One blogger in Finland says that sex in the nation “… is viewed as a very positive experience, so when a person is presented with the possibility of a sexual experience, it’s in some ways socially sanctioned to pursue it.”
A survey by Match.com found one in five married men had had affairs with at least ten women – seven times the rate among women.