Another recession casualty: Male fidelity
Web sites that help people start affairs are seeing an increase in business during the recession as more men who can't find jobs are looking for other ways to fill their time and build up their self-esteem that has been falling since they were laid off.
"In the past six months, we've seen a 25% increase in members versus the previous six months, and it's certainly being driven by the recession," David Rees, founder and director of marriedandlooking.co.uk, which helps facilitate affairs, told theLondon Daily Mail.
LimeLife, a Web site aimed at women, reports that since people with low self-esteem are more likely to cheat on their partners, the recession is leading to more men cheating on their wives.
As someone who was laid off in June 2008, I can attest that losing a job can lead to low self-esteem. But not enough to use it as an excuse to sleep around. It's a short-term problem solved by getting out there and looking for work.
Any unemployed man whose self-esteem has dropped because he's lost his job shouldn't be even thinking about losing his wife. Just the opposite, in fact. He should be thankful to his wife for working, or going back into the workforce, and making money so they have a roof over their heads and food on the table.
More women are working now, with the national unemployment rate at 11% for men and 8.8% for women. Women are picking up the slack and using unemployment to cheat on them is a dumb way to get kicked out of the house after getting caught.
Sites such as Ashley Madison can continue setting up affairs for married men, but the $249 fee is difficult to come up with if you don't have any money.
To make matters worse for men using unemployment as an excuse for cheating, the U.S. Conference of Mayors recently reported that jobless rates will peak this year and stay above 10% in many cities until 2013.
That's a lot of time to figure out where they'll stay when their wife kicks them out of the house she's paying for.
Aaron Crowe is a freelance journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area who can be found at www.AaronCrowe.net