Washington D.C. is the America’s least faithful city in terms of adultery according to a website devoted to facilitating infidelity.
Many Americans feel D.C. is the least faithful in terms of spending taxpayer money wisely, but that’s an entirely different conversation.
In this instance, our nation’s capital ranks first — for the second year in a row — for extramarital affairs at least based on the findings from AshleyMadison.com, the website for married dating.
The website had the highest number of signups per capita in 2012 in its user database, totaling about 34,000.
AshelyMadison.com founder and CEO Noel Biderman evaluated the results as follows according to CNSNews.com:
“With enormous public attention paid to political cheating scandals this year, including the Gen. Petraeus affair, there was no doubt that Washington residents would be influenced. Living in D.C. it’s crucial to keep up appearances and therefore adultery has become a way of life for many of the city’s most powerful residents.”
Based on these findings, apparently D.C. also has the most married men age 50 and above (such as your average congressperson or high-level bureaucrat perhaps?) who are looking for discreet encounters not involving their spouse. In the overall rankings, Austin and Houston Texas finished in second and third place, respectively.
When Washington D.C. finished first last year at this time, Biderman provided this explanation according to the Washington Post:
“Simply put, the more successful you are, the more prone to cheating you are, and Washington is full of successful people looking for something outside their marriage …
“The more successful you are the more you tend to travel for work and pleasure, and more often removed from your family, interacting with individuals with whom commonalities surface.
With Valentine’s Day coming up this week, Biderman separately told USA Today business should experience a spike on Friday:
“The day after Valentine’s Day is one of our biggest days of the year. People are disappointed by their spouses’ lack of effort, and they feel especially undervalued when there is a societal expectation of romance. Certain days of the year act as litmus tests for many people in relationships.”
In a possibly related matter, a study released last month claimed that Washington D.C. residents watch more X-rated online videos than those living anywhere else in the country.
It’s worth suggesting perhaps that sometimes individuals (one or both of whom might be married) meet each other in the workplace and sparks fly, but depending upon the circumstances, that doesn’t necessarily always make them bad people.
That aside, does it surprise you that at least based on signups for the Ashley Madison website that Washington D.C. leads the nation in infidelity?
[Image credit: Shutterstock]