This is the person most likely to cheat on you according to scientists
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Last year, the online infidelity website Ashley Madison was hacked, and users’ identities were leaked into the public.

While it was an absolute nightmare for millions of members, it was great news for researchers.

By analysing data stolen and released by the hackers, statistical boffins have pinned down the shared characteristics of the men who used the matchmaking website.

Put simply: The common traits that cheaters seem to exhibit.

The researchers, from the University of Toledo in Ohio, found that users of Ashley Madison were:

Financially well-off

The biggest common factor of Ashley Madison users was their wealth. The researchers wrote:

The strong effect of income indicated it is the primary driver behind Ashley Madison usership, suggesting relatively affluent individuals are willing to pay to minimise the social risk of infidelity.


The study states:

The analysis supported past findings that older married couples are less likely to engage in infidelity because they have managed to maintain their marriages, or are the result of better-suited remarriages, while younger couples are more likely to cheat due to inexperience dealing with turmoil as a couple and the stress of young and dependent children.

However, younger people's greater involvement in Ashley Madison may be amplified by their higher level of computer literacy, savvy, and comfort with online dating.

And definitely not retired:

Retired people are less likely to use Ashley Madison because the sex ratio within the retirement communities is skewed heavily towards females, many of whom are divorcees and widows. Therefore, men should theoretically have little difficulty finding a partner.


The researchers also found a link between spending on subscriptions and how much a person could act anonymously. For example, living in a city means you can come and go as you please... If you're in a small town however, nosey neighbors might start to ask questions.

Less religious

The researchers said their findings supported the theory that religion acted as a protective influence from cheating.

So, now you know what to look out for in a partner: Someone older, poorer, and living in a small town. And, at the very least, with the common sense to use a pseudonym if they're married and looking to have an affair.

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