Senior Americans are more and more unfaithful, while the younger Americans are less and less. This was revealed by a study by the Institute For Family Studies: America’s Generation Gap in Extramarital Sex.
In 2016, approximately 20% of Americans age 55 and over admitted having had an extra-marital relationship in the course of their lives. This is 10 percentage points more than in the early 90s. Among younger Americans, the trend has been reversed: There were 17% to recognize having had extramarital sex in the early 90s against 14% in 2016.
Trends in Extramarital Sex Among People Under and Over 55
It’s among people aged 60 to 69 previously or currently married that the most people recognize having had extramarital sex: 20% for the former, 12% for the latter. From the age of 70, the trend is significantly lower for both groups, nearer the rates for 18 to 29 and 30 to 39-year-olds.
Trends in Extramarital Sex by Age Bracket
Trend in Extramarital Sex by Birth Year
The people born between 1940 and 1959 and those who admit the most to having had sex with other people than their spouses. They have known the sexual revolution of the 70s and have had more partners than older or younger people.
If people in their 50s or 60s are the most unfaithful, this is probably for the following 2 reasons :
- There have reached the midpoint of their lives, have been married for 20 or 30 years and are itching for adventure, and
- They have got tired of their partners or would like to have new experiences.
Must we must take these results with a pinch of salt as polygamy concerns approximately 9.8 million people in the United States.