Apparently We Like Cheating On Our Partners At Work Christmas Parties

Tis the season to party pash someone who isn't our significant other.

Ah, the good old work Christmas party. Roy* from accounts taking photocopies of his bum (hi Roy!), the managers all getting drunk and telling you secrets about each other (Jane*, I had no idea...!) and, well, two of your co-workers pashing in the stationary cupboard.

It may sound like a cliche, but you know what, it's actually true -- people go rogue at Christmas parties, and they're actually very often the place where people embark on affairs or have one-off smooches with people who aren’t their partners.

According to research done by Illicit Encounters, the UK's biggest married dating site, out of 1000 people they surveyed,  a third have cheated on a partner at Christmas, and the work party is where an affair is most likely to start.

Illicit Encounters spokesman Christian Grant told Metro, "beware of the Christmas party season because it is a hotbed for affairs. Sexual tensions which have been bubbling up over the course of the working year finally explode due to drink and the opportunity to grab a kiss under the mistletoe."

Yes, it makes sense that some of this comes from the fact people are already attracted to the person in question... in fact, 74 percent of those who cheated said they had been  flirting in the run-up to festivities.

The site reports that the three weeks from 3 December (that was Monday,  cheaters!) to Christmas Day is the peak time for these affairs. 57 percent of those surveyed who had been unfaithful said their affair was with a colleague, and that things had started at the office party. 68 percent said they had cheated because they had got drunk and things had gone too far.

And why do they do it? The majority of those who cheat at office parties say they do so because it’s a rare occasion that their partner isn’t there to see them behaving badly. And it seems they won't find out, either, according to Grant.

The good news for cheats is that they are very unlikely to get caught out if they start an affair at this time of year, though they are advised not to flaunt their new love in front of their colleagues.’

OK so if you are going to do it... look, you know what -- just don't.

Said Dr Tammy Nelson, sex and relationship therapist, ‘Office affairs can be more than just a bad career move. They could be a total boundary violation and even set you up for legal issues later on. No matter what side you’re on -- the pursuer or the pursued -- put down the eggnog and call an Uber or just sit this one out.’

Yes, that means you too Roy. Go home, Roy.

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