More Married People Have Affairs Since End of Adultery Law

      September 17, 2015 12:36

      More people are having extramarital affairs since the law banning adultery was scrapped in February, a survey suggests. The increase was especially pronounced among people over 40 and the well-off.

      Pollster Macromill Embrain last month surveyed 2,000 married men and women, and 39.3 percent of men and 10.8 percent of women said they have cheated on their spouses.

      The figures are a 2.4 percent for men and a 4.3 percent increase for women compared to a survey by the Korean Women's Development Institute in June last year.

      Married men tend to meet women in night clubs, bars and online chat sites, whereas women mostly had affairs with men they met at work or at alumni gatherings.

      Among people in their 20s and 30s, the proportion who had extramarital affairs was less than 20 percent, but it rose to 23 percent among those in their 40s and over 30 percent among those in their 50s.

      Most respondents said they had affairs to comfort themselves for a sense of emptiness. Also, financially stable people tended to have more extramarital affairs. More than half of respondents who earn W7 million or more per month had had an affair of some kind (US$1=W1,176).

      Neither men nor women were particularly forgiving if their spouse had an affair. But if husbands committed adultery, 23.1 percent of women said he could be forgiven, but only 11.9 percent of men said the wife could be forgiven. 

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