Have you ever cheated on your significant other? Even if you have it's hard to admit it to anyone right? That's why it's almost impossible to get accurate data about just how many people are actually indulging in the pleasure of an afternoon delight.
A few studies do suggest that infidelity is on the rise, particularly among older men and young couples. Notably, women are closing the adultery gap: younger women appear to be cheating on their spouses nearly as often as men. I'm not going to bore with the numbers, but if you're interested you can read Tara Parker Pope's article in yesterday's New York Times.
The change in women's fidelity is creating the most buzz. It seems the men not only cheat, but brag about it. But, the women tend to lie about it to everybody including themselves. Men want to think women don’t cheat, and women want men to think they don’t cheat, and therefore the sexes have been playing games with each other for ever.
The question that keeps cropping up in my mind is are we built to be monogamous? And, is it so bad to indulge in a little extra curricular activity if we truly aren't hurting anyone in the process? As always comments are welcome.