Infidelity Trends to Watch in 2009

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Infidelity expert Ruth Houston identifies emerging trends in infidelity for 2009. Houston is available for interviews on these and other emerging infidelity trends, and how these trends will affect marriages and relationships in the coming year

Infidelity expert Ruth Houston has identified four important infidelity trends that she predicts will have a major impact on marriages and committed relationships in 2009 and beyond.

  •     work spouse infidelity
  •     internet-assisted infidelity
  •     media-motivated infidelity
  •     empty nest infidelity

Houston is a New York-based infidelity expert who is frequently called on by the media to comment on infidelity issues in the news. She has been quoted in USA Today, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and numerous other print and online media, and has also appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, Fox & Friends, Fox News, The Morning Show, BBC, CBC and over 480 other radio and TV shows worldwide.

Houston, who has been researching infidelity for 15 years, is the founder of and author of Is He Cheating on You? - 829 Telltale Signs.

Below, infidelity expert Ruth Houston comments on four influential infidelity trends.

According to infidelity expert Ruth Houston, we can expect to see a significant increase in work spouse infidelity - workplace affairs which are an outgrowth of the work husband/work wife, relationships which many people consider to be harmless.

Says Houston, "I've been sounding the alarm for two years that work spouse relationships are not as benign as they may seem. Research in this area is still relatively new, but as more studies are conducted on the long-term effects of work spouse relationships, it will become apparent that they're not so harmless after all. Unless certain precautions are put into place, today's work spouse relationship will quickly become tomorrow's workplace affair."

Houston continues, "If a work spouse relationship is characterized by sexual attraction and secrecy, opportunity is the catalyst that will take it to the next level. That opportunity can take the form of business travel, working late, company-sponsored social events, or work spouses socializing with each other without the presence of their respective mates."

Houston points out, "In almost every episode of infidelity, the internet is involved in some way - either to initiate, facilitate, or maintain the illicit affair.

"Cyber cheating, or online affairs comprise a whole new category of infidelity. According to statistics, 30% of these internet affairs graduate from cyberspace and become real world affairs.

"Through e-mail, chat rooms, and instant messaging, the internet even helps affair partners stay in touch.

Houston says "The internet has made it easy for cheaters to find a willing mate. Adult dating sites connect married men and women with others who want to cheat. There are numerous websites where any type of extramarital alliance can be arranged, from a one night stand to a long-term affair. A click of the mouse gives the cheater instant access to an endless array of willing partners from all over the world."

"The would-be cheater, who in the past may have simply fantasized about having an affair without ever acting on those thoughts, can now test-drive infidelity online until he's ready to go full speed ahead. The internet has removed all the risk.

Houston says, "Infidelity has become a form of entertainment - a spectator sport. It continues to be a dominant theme in movies, soap operas, TV talk shows, magazine /newspaper articles, and novels. As the media continues to publicize, dramatize, sensationalize, and glamorize infidelity, young and old alike will be influenced by what they see.

The public's collective curiosity will be piqued, and many people will want to experience the apparent excitement of an affair. With widespread coverage of cheaters from every walk of life - from presidents and politicians, to the guy next door -people are starting to view infidelity as the norm.

Houston also predicts that we'll be seeing more of a type of infidelity among baby boomers that she calls "empty nest infidelity."

Houston explains, " When the children have married, gone away to college, or left home to go out on their own, many baby boomer couples will realize that they've drifted apart, and now have little or nothing in common with each other. These marriages are ripe for an affair, and empty nest infidelity will occur.

Houston says, "Given the current state of the economy, many baby boomer couples in empty-nest situations will be financially challenged, and unable to afford a divorce. Other boomer couples will be reluctant to divorce because of strong family or financial ties, or an unwillingness to give up their current lifestyle or their social status. So they will continue to live together, but will enter into an "empty nest affair" - some without their spouse's knowledge - others by mutual consent.

Interview Ruth Houston about Other Infidelity Trends

These are just four of the infidelity trends that Ruth Houston predicts will influence marriage and relationships in the year 2009, and beyond.

To interview infidelity expert Ruth Houston about these and other emerging infidelity trends,
call 718 592-6039 or e-mail

For more information, visit or Ruth Houston's Infidelity News and Views Blog at

About Ruth Houston:
Infidelity expert Ruth Houston, is the founder of and the author of Is He Cheating on You? - 829 Telltale Signs, which documents practically every known sign of infidelity.

Frequently called on by the media to comment on popular infidelity issues and infidelity-related breaking news, Ruth has been quoted in USA Today, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Cosmopolitan, the New York Post, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Toronto Sun, Maclean's, Chatelaine, the National Post, MSN Lifestyle,,,,, iVillage, Reuters, the Associated Press, UPI and numerous other print and online media worldwide.

Ruth has also been a guest on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, Fox & Friends, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, NBC News, BBC, CBC, WCBS, ABC News, Fox News, 1010WINS, Sirius Satellite Radio, and over 480 radio and TV news and talk shows in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, New Zealand, Australia, Africa, and the Caribbean.

For more information, visit or

To interview infidelity expert Ruth Houston, call 718 592-6039 or e-mail InfidelityExpert (at)


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