With coquettish conversations by the water cooler, hour-long lunch dates, and flirty exchanges at the copy room, getting attention from co-worker seems easier to get sometimes than that from her man at home. As a result, Victoria Milan (VM) — an online dating website — found that women often experience their first unfaithful experience with a man at the workplace, a new survey reveals.
A shocking 36 percent of women have had their first affair with a co-worker; 28 percent of women claim that “it was a boss or colleague that made them want to start cheating on their partner in the first place,” according to the study. Twenty percent of women claimed it was a partner’s friend who coerced them into infidelity.
“We all have felt attracted to someone at work, and many well-known fantasies occur in an office,” said Sigurd Vedal, the company’s founder and CEO. “Obviously many of us see the taboo of sex in the workplace and find that this contradiction makes the office an ideal place for a passionate affair.”
The reason why women gravitate to their co-workers, according to the study, is frequent interaction with temptation, which arouses sexual tension. “This is perhaps a natural consequence given that when the passion at home is gone we may be more open to feel attraction to others in the other place where we spend so much of our lives: at work,” VM says. “Working hand-in-hand with others fosters interpersonal relationships which can in turn sow deeper feelings.”
Coming in at second place, strangers — often encountered at bars or clubs — win the affections of married or attached women with 18 percent of the votes. Sixteen percent of women have caved in to infidelity with an online flirt. “The experts at VM expect that more and more people will continue to meet online for their infidelities as it becomes easier and safer,” the survey revealed.
Less than half, 43 percent, said they wouldn’t do it again and nearly 20 percent admitted they would do the deed again — the same exact way they did it the first time.
Researchers at VM surveyed 3,256 female members.