Need a dose of marital paranoia? A recent study has pinned down the exact amount of time it takes for a woman to cheat on her husband. As reported in a study by extra-marital affair dating site Victoria Milan, there’s a consistent trend in how long after marriage women might consider cheating.
Analyzing use data of variously aged women from many countries, the study determined two numbers. First, the average age women marry at, which is 29 years old. Second, the average age women cheat at, which is 36.6 years old. For whatever reason, marriage magic starts to fade seven to eight years after nupitals. This probably isn’t news to anyone who’s heard of age-old adages about the “seven-year itch,” but it is interesting new date still backs it up.
While anyone who promotes extra-marital affairs—and benefits financially from them—is obviously bias, Victoria Milan’s founder Sigurd Vedal does have some thoughts on why they’re so common. “Perhaps their husband is not giving them the attention and respect they deserve,” he says. “Perhaps they still love their partners, but the spark has vanished from their marriage. Alternatively, they may have an open relationship, and both have affairs to satisfy their physical needs whilst still sharing a tight emotional bond.”
Talk about spin, amirite? Jokes aside, will knowing these averages make men pay closer attention to the signs—and their wives—seven years in? We doubt it. As Taylor Swift says, players gon’ play. But even if you start to get that seven-year itch, we advise not to link up with Victoria Milan. An “anonymous” affair site may be tempting, but we all know how it ends. No word yet on when Victoria Milan plans to release data on male cheaters.