We both have young kids, nice homes, successful careers, packed social calendars. But beneath the shiny veneer, something had withered away over the years: not only sex, but intimacy with our spouses. We had come to feel like we were just sharing parenting duties and a home with someone who could best be described as an old, comfortable friend. A recent investigation in the U. On this continent, one survey reports that 12 percent of people combing dating websites admit to being married, and social researchers peg the number of us who stray at between 10 and 25 percent. That means many of you — or your husbands — will be unfaithful, likely out of frustration or boredom or both. That was me.
We were lying in bed about a week after wheels-down from the honeymoon, and she was still gushing about it — the food, the weather, the service; the cool bartender. She was curled into my right arm, her hand tracing lazy figure eights on my chest. A bottle of Firefly vodka sat half-empty on the nightstand. I was happy. Under the covers the world made sense. Outside of their protective rustle, it was a different story. As this was my third at least trip down hearing about the wedding and honeymoon, my mind drifted off.
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Cheating — as in the act of being unfaithful in a relationship — is more complicated than it seems. It's easy enough to say that cheating itself is bad , but when it comes to putting the people who cheat on their partners, or the people they cheat with, in distinct "good" or "bad" categories, things tend to get more difficult to parse. Because cheating, no matter what one's reasons may be, is so complicated, the stories behind affairs are almost always decidedly juicy.