Shortly after the lockdown began, the Ashley Madison “married dating” site saw an uptick in members, as people started having affairs during the pandemic. Today, more than 21,000 people are signing up each day for the online membership service, up from 17,000 a day in March. That’s on top of a worldwide base that had 65 million members around the world in 2019.
Lockdown has not put an end to affairs because of modern technology. Though some cheating has gone virtual, many married daters are still meeting their affair partner in person. Ninety percent of the site’s members have affairs on their smartphones, even though 29% of spouses know each other’s passwords, said Tammy Nelson, a sex and relationship therapist who has studied the results.
“We’re in such unprecedented catastrophic times,” Nelson said. “It’s so apocalyptic that you have got to have something to look forward to.”