Here's a sad commentary on how the financial crisis has affected people's lives beyond their wallets. According to Reuters, the number of affairs among married bankers has increased significantly due to the crisis.IllicitEncounters.com, described as a dating website for people seeking affairs (that's a topic for a whole other discussion), said it has seen a huge increase in the number of financial workers signing up to have affairs after the collapse of the markets last October. Furthermore, "finance" continued to be one of the most represented professional areas on the site.
The site has over 380,000 members in the UK, 20,000 of whom work in financial services. Reuters said IllicitEncounters.com polled 600 male and female bankers and compiled a top 10 list of reasons as to why they sought to have affairs.
According to Reuters, the list shows that "public revulsion for bankers," possibly combined with a lack of affection at home, was the top reason for having an affair. This was followed by the excitement of doing something risky, escaping boredom, feeding the ego and "one-upping the boys with a trophy mistress." Working long hours and having long commutes do nothing to help the situation either.
For the entire article, see Bankers having more affairs in recession: website.
One can only hope that as the economy improves, so too will bankers' marriages.