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Digital infidelity soars amid coronavirus

Many people struggle with turbulent marriages. And the pandemic has only made things worse. With quarantine keeping dissatisfied spouses cooped up, some have resorted to intimate escapism to cope with their unhappiness.

Even as Americans social distance, people are still committing marital infidelity.

According to infidelity app Ashley Madison, the company has seen about 17,000 new sign-ups a day, that’s nearly 2000 more than it saw last year. Even dating apps like Bumble and O.K. Cupid have seen an increase in users.

How are people cheating on their spouses at a time like this?

While spouses’ definition of loyalty can vary, many consider online messaging and sexting as a form of infidelity.

According to a recent poll, approximately 80% of female respondents said their marriage lacks intimacy. As a result, many end up looking for a digital erotic escape. But women aren’t the only ones doing this. Countless married men are also on Ashley Madison and other dating sites.

And depending on the couple’s living situation, many are conducting their virtual romantic escapes in secrecy. Some people are choosing to do it when:

  • Their spouse is working/at work.
  • Their spouse is sleeping or taking a nap.
  • Their spouse is running errands.
  • Their spouse is taking the kids somewhere.
  • Their spouse is visiting a friend or relative.
  • Their spouse is in a different part of the home.

Those who are unhappy don’t have to stay

Staying in a failing marriage can feel painful, especially at a time like this. But for those who want to end things, they can still do so. An experienced and compassionate family law attorney can address any concerns one may have regarding the divorce process.