Are people really more likely to cheat when it rains?

Sheryl Nadler
Shine On
May 18, 2012

Record-breaking rainy weather in the U.K. is bringing up more than just spring flowers, says a charming unscientific study out of London.

Two extra-marital dating websites, undercoverlovers.com and illicitencounters.com, are claiming a surge in activity during last month's deluge, reports the Huffington Post.

Rosie Freeman-Jones, spokesperson for illicitencounters.com, blames it on the rain.

"Clearly people are taking this opportunity to enjoy themselves online because they're stuck indoors due to recent downpours," she says in the story.

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While some people prefer to brush up on their photography skills or arts and crafts or puzzle projects during inclement weather, clearly there are others who prefer more physical activities.

According to the story, Freeman-Jones' site has seen "a 300% increase in traffic" over the past six weeks, in addition to 5,600 new members since the beginning of April.

Perhaps a survey conducted by undercoverlovers.com explains the reasoning behind this.

Four thousand members of the illicit dating site responded to the questionnaire, titled the U.K. Adultery Survey 2012.

Results show that men are more likely than women to cheat out of boredom with their marriages, or just for the sexual thrill of it, says the Huffington Post. Women, on the other hand, seek intimacy and romance from their clandestine communications and are more likely than men to fall in love with their new partners.

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Secret romance and rain have long been linked in romance novels and a plethora of rom-com movies.

"This is a staple of any good Nicholas Sparks novel-turned-movie: star-crossed couple gives in to their primal urges and they have slippery grabby-thigh make-outs in a torrential downpour," says Jezebel.

Clearly Britons have been watching a lot of romance movies.

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