Christmas is a time when those having affairs are likely to make extra time to meet up with their lovers.
In fact, as many as 76 per cent of men and 68 per cent of women plan to see their secret lovers during this time, according to a survey by Victoria Milan.
The period, which is notoriously busy, comes with a plethora of handy ‘excuses’, including the top reason given by women who took part in the study are most inclined to give; the need to go Christmas shopping.
The questionnaire also revealed the top alibi men were most likely to turn to in order to cover their absence; the need to catch up with old friends.
It may be Christmas but the tragic reality for some Australian couples is their partner may be planning to use the holiday season as a handy cover to allow them to cheat (stock image)
What excuses do cheaters give over Christmas?
What is your Christmas alibi for meeting your lover?
Male / Female
Going shopping for gifts – 10% / 32%
Important work commitments – 14% / 11%
Meeting old friends – 33% / 25%
Gym visit – 23% / 16%
Company Xmas dinner – 20% / 16%
Data from the study also unveiled a range of other ‘handy’ Christmas cheating excuses.
‘Important work commitments’, featured as an excuse used by 14 per cent of men and 11 per cent of women.
A need to attend the company Christmas dinner was also flagged by respondents with 20 per cent of men and 16 per cent of women saying this was a reason they’d given in order to cover their tracks.
Nearly a quarter of men surveyed said they told their partners they wanted to factor in extra sessions at the gym, while this reason was only given by 16 per cent of women.
A survey by Victoria Milan revealed more women will use the excuse of needing to Christmas shop to slip out of the home, while men will say they need to catch up with old friends (stock image)
Those who took part in the questionnaire also shared details about why they wanted to make time to meet up with their lover.
While 18 per cent of men said they found it tiring to be around their partner during this time of year, that figure doubled when it came the claim male respondents were ‘starving for good sex’.
Conversely, 30 per cent of said they found it draining to expend extra energy on their partners. The same number also said they wanted more exciting sex.
Why people cheat in relationships?
The most common reason for infidelity cited by women is emotional satisfaction, while men cite sexual satisfaction.
Affluent women are eight per cent more likely to be unfaithful to their husbands than middle class wives, while the prevalence of infidelity for poor and rich men is equal.
People who are unfaithful in one relationship are three times more likely to be unfaithful in their next relationship, compared to those who have not been unfaithful in the first one.
Source: Relationships Australia
Boredom was also cited as a reason between the sexes, with roughly 20 per cent men and women claiming this.
As well as revealing the most common excuses cheating partners are most likely to use, those who took part in the survey were also questioned about their spending habits.
Interestingly, the data showed almost 50 per cent of cheating women will spend more on a gift for their long-term partner than they will for their lovers.
In contrast, more men will spend extra on those they are seeing outside of their relationship than those they’re currently committed to.
‘Everyone has a different way of showing love – whether it’s gift giving, spending time or making up excuses to buy time for meeting their lovers ,’ said Victoria Milan founder and CEO, Sigurd Vedal.
What we do conclude from these results however – is that although cheaters want to ‘have amazing sex during the holidays, they also want to buy gifts for their long term partners that show they care.’