Women in education, men in finance more likely to cheat: Survey

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OPHELIE ZALCMANIS-LAI, Toronto Sun

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Women working in education and men in the financial sector are more likely to cheat on their spouse, according to AshleyMadison.com.

The extramarital dating site surveyed 11,163 of its Canadian members to find out, by gender, which occupations have the most cheaters. Topping the list for men are the financial and IT industries. For women, it’s education and corporate executives.

“Affair-seeking has a pragmatic theme,” Noel Biderman, CEO and founder of AshleyMadison.com, said Thursday.

What happens on the job and the hours worked can translate into personal life, he said. For example, third on the male profession’s list was doctor.

“You’re potentially dealing with life and death everyday, or at the very least you’re more cognitive of it,” Biderman said. Doctors are less likely to wait until “tomorrow” for things to get better when they know that “tomorrow” might not come, he explained.

Still, there’s another connection between certain professions and cheating — it can provide relief.

“Sometimes people get the least from their partner,” Biderman said. “Affair-seeking is done because the other person makes them feel better, there’s a cathartic feeling.”

Relationship expert and psychotherapist Nicole McCance agrees, adding there’s a certain aspect of escapism.

“Sometimes jobs are stressful all the time,” she said. “Then they need something like a glass of wine or drug, this is it.”

McCance was not surprised by the list, citing the fact there were similarities between the personality types that cheat and the personality types common to the professions listed. However, just because your significant other is an IT expert doesn’t guarantee unfaithfulness.

“It’s coincidence,” McCance said. “So many people end up in careers that they didn’t think they’d be in for varying reasons.”


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