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At What Age Are People Most Likely to Cheat?

According to an article by Caithlyn Pena on, a new study identifies the age that people are most likely to cheat on their significant others.

Illicit Encounters, a dating website for married people, financially funded the study, so Pena asks that we take the results with a grain of salt.

Research has shown that people are twice as likely to cheat on their significant others at the age of 39, and that you are more likely to have affairs during the “9-end stages.”

What are the 9-end stages? According to Adam L. Alter of New York University and Hal E. Hershfield of University of California explain that it is when your age ends in the number 9, such as 29, 39, 49, etc. Alter and Hershfield conducted 6 studies in 2014 alone to determine the behavior associated with the 9-end stages.

8,077,820 males users were picked, and of those, 952,176 were of ages that ended with a 9. According to the study, “there were 18 percent more 9-enders registered than there would be if the site’s users represented a completely random sample of ages.”

What does being 39-years-old have to do with having an affair? Well, according to the 9-ender study participants, worrying about age and whether or not their life had any meaning were contributing factors. Mid-life crisis ensues. Affairs begin.

Even so, there is no justifiable excuse for stepping out on a marriage. The choice to have an affair is solely the responsibility of each individual. Suspicious? Get ANSWERS TODAY with ICU!

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