In what could be the most counter-intuitive news of the century, some social scientists are saying that having an extramarital affair could actually save your marriage.
While this may sound like some strange marketing ploy on the part of all those dating sites that are specifically for discreet marrieds looking for some action on the side, apparently there’s such a thing as ‘good infidelity’ now. Brits are apparently much too puritanical when it comes to cheating, according to Catherine Hakim, a social scientist who advocates a more fluid and forgiving point of view when it comes to dating people you don’t happen to be married to at the time.
Ms Hakim adopts the radical position that Brits need to instead adopt a more French model of long-term relationships. Apparently fidelity can lead to feeling stifled in a relationship, and she strongly recommends a little bit of the old extramarital dating to keep things fresh.
It would be interesting to point out that the social scientist has just come out with a new book. It’s almost as if she’s adopting a radical, contrary viewpoint in order to ensconce herself firmly in the public eye just as her new dating handbook hits bookshelves everywhere – but who would stoop so low as to commercialise British marriage and relationships just to make shedloads of cash on book sales?
It’s always easier to simply run and bury your head in the sand by dating someone on the side if you’re stuck in a miserable loveless marriage. The harder – and better – thing to do is instead try your best to fix things instead of just engaging in some meaningless affair.