Nothing ruins a relationship more than cheating and infidelity. Even if the cheating party is forgiven by their partner or spouse, there will always be feelings of doubt and mistrust. The broken relationship may be repaired, but the cracks left by the ultimate betrayal will always linger.
When you're in a relationship, you always worry about being cheated on. Or worse, that you worry that you might end up becoming a cheater. There are many articles that talk about the signs of cheating, why people decide to cheat, and whether forgiveness is deserved or not after cheating.
A new study decided to look at cheating and infidelity from another angle: what age people decide to cheat.
Conducted by the dating website for married people, Illicit Encounters (how ironic), researchers found that people are twice as likely to cheat at the age of 39, and more likely to have affairs during the last year of a decade.
Researchers Adam L. Alter from New York University and Hal E. Hershfield from the University of California conducted six studies in 2014 to determine adult behavior during the "9-end stages."
They counted 8,077,820 male users on Illicit Encounters and compared it to the 952,176 of male whose ages ended with a 9. They found that "there were 18 percent more 9-enders registered than there would be if the site's users represented a completely random sample of ages."
Interestingly, the 9-enders reported they were worried about aging and wondered if their life had any meaning. Thus, researchers concluded that this led them to a mid-life crisis to find meaning to their life, thus, leading to affairs.
However, this study should be taken with a grain of salt, as Illicit Encounters may be biased towards themselves, since they financially funded the study. No outside experts examined the study and it was not peer-reviewed.
But whether people cheat at age 39 (or any age ending in 9, for that matter) or not, and for whatever reason like a mid-life crisis, it doesn't change the fact that they still chose to cheat and ruin their relationship.
In the end, the choice is yours.