Suspecting your partner is having an affair


Apologies for the 10 or so days off, but I’d been quite busy at work in the run-up to a business trip, but I’m back now and all ready to go with this survey from goo Ranking looking at what actions of one’s partner makes one suspect them of having an affair.


Between the 22nd and 23rd of December 2011 1,034 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 50.2% of the sample were female, 34.6% in their twenties and 65.4% in their thirties. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

I cannot really comment on this too much, but I notice that three of the top six are related to mobile phones. I do remember recently seeing a survey on having one’s affair outed through a mobile phone, so I must try to find it again for next week!

Ranking result

Q: What actions of your partner would/do make you suspect them of having an affair? (Sample size=1,034)

Rank   Score
1 They more frequently email someone when we’re together 100
2 Coherency of their story decreases 85.3
3 They hide, won’t show me their mobile phone 83.3
4 The times I can’t get in touch with them increase 75.1
5 They start locking their mobile phone 66.1
6 They start taking their mobile phone to the toilet 59.0
7 They call me by the wrong name 57.9
8 They more often say they can’t meet me because they are off out with friends 53.8
9 They more often return home late saying they had overtime, went drinking with coworkers 50.2
10 They more often won’t meet my eyes 29.4
11 The times they don’t listen to me talking increases 27.4
12 They touch me less 22.4
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