Nearly every time we watch a soap opera we see infidelity used as a subject for storylines. Glamourised in the media we are fascinated and titillated daily by tales of others misdemeanors.
Effect of infidelity on marriage breakdown
High profile affairs such as that between the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker-Bowles whilst the prince was still married to Princess Diana can still make the headlines news many years after Diana’s death. Infidelity (after boredom) is one of the most commonly cited reasons for getting divorced..
The more salacious of the newspapers and the large numbers of magazines devoted to celebrity culture direct people's interest towards the relationships of those in the public eye in a way which would have been unthinkable twenty years ago but sadly, it is what sells copy.
Woe betide the footballer or politician who thinks they can get away with a bit of extra marital sex or not be noticed falling out of a nightclub wrapped around a lithe 'soap star' teetering on six inch heels. While we may purse our lips disapprovingly, more and more men and women are being unfaithful to wives and husbands.
Despite society’s liberal attitudes towards sex most people still find it a difficult subject to discuss openly and honestly. Teenagers are conditioned into hiding sexual activity from parents. This secrecy is an important factor in illicit affairs as it provides protection and falsely, as it often turns out, leads men and women to believe that they won’t get found out.
Affairs are so commonplace within marriage that it is probably unwise to think that they come about simply because of factors or problems within the union itself. Cultural factors are so significant and so pervasive that they must be taken into consideration when discussing why married men and women succumb to adultery and its knock on effect of divorce.