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Major General Glenn Rieth’s Infidelity Should Shock No One

Yes being commander of NJ’s National Guard isn’t just any job. Yes there is a military code against such infidelity. But this resignation is a formality that must be taken rather than a shocking, scandalous event. Look at some sad numbers.

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According to the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy approximately 60% of married men will have an affair at some time in their marriage. Approximately 50% of married women will do the same. Since it is unlikely the people having the affairs are married to each other in every case the statistics on married couples who cheat on each other means that someone has an affair in nearly 80% of marriages.

Someone has an affair in nearly 80% of marriages. Think about that.

If this sounds a lot higher than numbers you may have heard a decade or more ago, they are. Many experts blame the internet. How many spouses reconnected with an old flame through Facebook alone? You most likely personally know someone who did.

Here are some other numbers you may find interesting.

About 10% of affairs are a one-time, one-day event.

About 10% of affairs last more than one day but less than one month.

About 50% of affairs last more than a month but less than one year.

The remainder last longer than a year but very few lasting more than four years.

 

According to the author of The Monogamy Myth, Peggy Vaughan, most people who have affairs started by age 40, defying common belief that affairs start later in life as marriage grew more stale.

 

Most people know when their partners are cheating. 85% of women who suspect their partners are cheating are correct. 50% of men who suspect their partners are cheating are correct.

 

Finally, if it’s any comfort to anyone, very few affairs end in marriage. According to a large study of men who had affairs, only 3% of them went on to ever marry their lover.

 

Do you think General Rieth should’ve been made to resign? Leave your comments below.

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