eHarmony Says Atheists Are More Likely to Cheat

According to an eHarmony Advice article, surveys show 95% of people think infidelity is wrong; but 22%–25% of men and 11%–15% of women admit to having extramarital sex.

The article says there is no "ONE reason" that people cheat, and that there are many types of people that cheat; BUT that all cheaters "fall into the following" groups:

  • Those who crave excitement
  • Those who have a history of divorce, sexual abuse or such psychological problems as depression or bipolar disorder
  • Those who are not religious

They review 15 articles that have investigated the relationship between religiosity and attitudes on extramarital involvement or reporting extramarital involvement. Of these, one article found that those who report no religious affiliation also report higher rates of extramarital involvement, four articles found that higher levels of attending religious services and religiosity negatively related to having less permissive attitudes towards extramarital affairs, eight articles found that higher religiosity related to fewer reports of engaging in extramarital involvement, and two articles found no relationship between religiosity and extramarital involvement. In sum, there are 13 articles that have found a negative relationship between extramarital involvement and religiosity, two that have not found this relationship, and no articles have found a positive relationship between extramarital involvement and religiosity.

That terminology is confusing, but it almost seems to me like they are looking for ways to connect cheaters to non-believers.

Check the whole article if you want all the details; but it seems to me that eHarmony, or at the very least the author, Dr. Gian Gonzaga, does not think highly of us non-believers.

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Comment by SkepticalAtheist on March 31, 2009 at 7:43pm
Right. Non-believers, politicians and evangelical ministers are much more likely to cheat...
Comment by James on March 31, 2009 at 8:16pm
Shuuuuure... And the statistics that Theists are more likely to divorce that Atheists is just made up to make us feel better... I put absolutely no stock in what eHarmony has to say. My soon to be fiance and I were on there at the same time, and according to them we were 100% incomparable...
Comment by Pam on March 31, 2009 at 8:24pm
I saw this on Friendly Atheist. Steve Harvey has nothing good to say about us either.

Comment by Kristen on March 31, 2009 at 9:40pm
...then what does this mean???
Variation in divorce rates by religion:
Religion % have been divorced
Jews 30%
Born-again Christians 27%
Other Christians 24%
Atheists, Agnostics 21%

Ron Barrier, Spokespersonn for American Atheists remarked on these findings with some rather caustic comments against organized religion. He said:
"These findings confirm what I have been saying these last five years. Since Atheist ethics are of a higher caliber than religious morals, it stands to reason that our families would be dedicated more to each other than to some invisible monitor in the sky. With Atheism, women and men are equally responsible for a healthy marriage. There is no room in Atheist ethics for the type of 'submissive' nonsense preached by Baptists and other Christian and/or Jewish groups. Atheists reject, and rightly so, the primitive patriarchal attitudes so prevalent in many religions with respect to marriage."
Comment by Morgan Matthew on March 31, 2009 at 10:52pm
Nice stat info doone!
Comment by Chakolate on March 31, 2009 at 11:46pm
Of these, one article found that those who report no religious affiliation also report higher rates of extramarital involvement

Perfectly right - the atheists are more honest about it. Why does this surprise anybody? Self-reported infidelity will always be lower among people who think god told them not to do it.


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