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Should you confess to cheating after a one night stand? Show more Show less
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One night stands are one-off, sexual encounters free from emotional intimacy. But do they count as cheating? And should you tell your partner if you have had a one night stand while in a relationship with them?

No, keep it to yourself Show more Show less

Had a one night stand and want to keep your relationship? Your problem, you deal with it.
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One night stands aren't cheating

Over the last few years, adultery surveys in the United States and the United Kingdom have found that not everyone believes one night stands should be considered cheating.

The Argument

When No-strings hook-up site OneNightFling.com conducted a survey of what constitutes cheating, one in 10 British people did not consider a one-night stand to be cheating. The results represent the responses of 2,000 people between the ages of 18 and 40.[1] 1,000 Americans took part in a similar adultery survey conducted by Y2 Analytics and Deseret News. Roughly 25% of respondents said that having a one night stand with someone other than your partner does not, or only sometimes, counts as cheating.[2] If you break the survey results down into gender, 30% of men questioned felt that one night stands aren't cheating. This was only 5% more than the 25% of women who also voted the same way. In terms of age demographics, the results were also close; 21% of the Silent Generation, 23% of Baby Boomers, 32% of Generation X, and 31% of Millennials stated one night stands aren't cheating.[3]

Counter arguments

9 out of 10 of the 2,000 British people questioned for a OneNightFling.com poll classed one night stands as cheating.[4] Around three-quarters of Americans who participated in the Y2 Analytics and Desert News survey believed one night stands are considered cheating.[5]

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References

  1. https://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/sex-relationships/relationships/one-night-stand-holiday-fling-7525895
  2. https://www.deseret.com/2017/4/13/20496409/news-release-deseret-news-survey-looks-at-what-counts-as-infidelity-and-adultery-in-the-digital-age
  3. https://media.deseret.com/media/misc/pdf/2017-Adultery-Study.pdf%20
  4. https://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/sex-relationships/relationships/one-night-stand-holiday-fling-7525895
  5. https://www.deseret.com/2017/4/13/20496409/news-release-deseret-news-survey-looks-at-what-counts-as-infidelity-and-adultery-in-the-digital-age
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