This is the peak time when affairs take place

There are countless reasons why an affair might happen: loneliness, stress, a lack of emotional intimacy – but according to a new survey, one thing that many of them have in common is the time that they take place.

The research, conducted by dating site IllicitEncounters.com, has revealed that 6:45pm on a Friday night was the most common day for a respondent to be unfaithful, with many using fictional ‘work drinks’ as a cover story for their clandestine meetings.

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72% of the 1000 people surveyed said that Friday night was typically the time when they would meet with their lover, with Tuesdays and Thursdays the next most popular days. 54% said that they conducted their affairs twice a week, and around half (51%) said that they avoided Saturdays because they liked to spend that day with their partners.

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Staying late to enjoy a few drinks with colleagues aside, other common excuses for absence included going to the gym, seeing an old friend or being delayed by traffic. And in true Cinderella style, the majority aimed to be home by midnight to avoid arousing any suspicion.

Spokesperson for the website Christian Grant commented on the findings: ‘What this new research shows is that cheats are creatures of habit.’

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‘They have strict routines which they tend to stick to when they are seeing their lover. If your partner regularly goes out with work colleagues on a Friday night, this should raise suspicions, particularly if they always go out with you the following night. The Saturday night date is partly due to guilt over the Friday night liaison.

‘Having a regular routine means that cheats can stick to the same script when being asked about their whereabouts – making it less likely their affair is rumbled.’