A researcher at the University of Montreal found that the rate of infidelity among couples varies between 40 and 76 percent. Most of the participants in the study reported that they had thought about cheating on their partner, and close to 40% had actually cheated. There were no differences found between men and women in the rates of cheating. However, participants with an “avoidant attachment style” (people who are uncomfortable with intimacy) were more likely to be unfaithful.
Unfortunately, the studies conducted so far were done with University students with an average age of 23 and with adults in the community with an average age of 27. The average age for a first marriage in Canada is over 30. It’s hard to generalize these findings to the public, since the study participants were less likely to be wed.
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