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Extramarital affairs in the workplace are more common than you think, according to statistics

Work wives and work husbands have been a thing for a long time.

Here's why office romances are likely to happen [Essence]

Time and time again, statistics show that if your spouse is going to cheat on you, it’s probably going to be with someone from work.

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According to Forbes, one in five employees has cheated on their partners with someone from work. Vault.com did a survey and found that 58% of employees have engaged in a romantic relationship with a colleague. A surprising 72% of those over 50 years old have been romantically involved with a coworker.

There are a lot of reasons why people cheat on their significant others with people from work;

It all starts with working late. Spending a lot of time working nearby in the office can make an affair start blossoming.

It’s like a baecation, but with colleagues.

Friendship plus sexual chemistry equals emotional affairs. Even if nothing is happening yet, there may be so much tension between the two of them. If they are not getting along with their spouse and partner, they will use emotional affairs to satisfy their needs. According to Business Insider, 45% of men and 35% of women admitted to having an emotional affair.

First off, a person is more likely to enjoy something (or someone) the more they see it. The mere-exposure effect, a psychological bias, is responsible for this preference for familiarity.

Whether it’s zoom or slack calls, working together with someone on a project means constant communication and that’s the breeding ground for an affair.

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