Forget the 7-year itch: This is when most people cheat

We’ve all heard of the seven-year itch - you know, the psychological term that suggests that happiness in a marriage declines after around the seven year mark.

But a new study suggests that people are more likely to feel restless in a relationship sooner than that!

Researchers at extra-marital dating site Saphrina quizzed 300 of its members and found that two thirds of adulterers are more likely to stray within the first five years of marriage. So technically, it should be named the five-year itch!

New study suggests people are more likely to stray not long after they get married. Source: Getty

“We’re seeing more and more people indulging in extramarital activity and open relationships,” a spokesman for Saphrina said.

“For many couples, the first five years of marriage is the most difficult and with marital sex becoming monotonous, the spark can easily die out and cause them to stray.

“This is becoming more apparent amongst younger couples who are seemingly just settling into their married lives.”

27 per cent of cheaters had only been married for one to two years. Source: Getty

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14 per cent of love rats blamed a high libido. Source: Getty

It turns out that 27 per cent of cheaters had only been married for one to two years, while 36 per cent had been for between three and five.

The report found that 27 per cent of love rats were unsatisfied with their sex life, while 14 per cent blamed a high libido. Nine per cent felt turned off by their spouse and another nine per cent wanted to satisfy a sex fetish.

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