The highest infidelity rate is by men in their 70s (26%)
As stated earlier, men are more likely to cheat than women, except in the younger age group. Surprisingly, the age group with the highest rate of infidelity is the 70–79 male demographic. This means the baby boomers and older Gen X members are more likely to cheat than millennials.
The reasons behind these findings aren’t clear, but sociologist Nicholas Wolfinger thinks it may be due to cultural differences: people who were young during the sexual revolution had more sexual partners in their twenties and thirties than people that age now. This may have influenced the older generation’s ideas about sex and relationship fidelity, making them looser than they are for the younger generations. Another possible cause is the delay in marriage we see in younger generations, who are putting off tying the knot in order to become more financially independent and stable, or to complete college, both of which lower one’s chances of divorce.
Whatever the case, it’s interesting to see the difference in moral behavior between the generations.