The hacking of the adultery website Ashley Madison found that men's accounts outnumbered women's by about five to one. This is not surprising.
What is more interesting is that the great majority of women's accounts on the site appear to have been fakes, many of them created by the company itself. One of the striking findings from Gizmodo's analysis of the accounts:
Out of those 5.5 million purported female users, [Gizmodo analyst] Newitz says that only 1,492 had ever checked their inboxes.Women do commit adultery. But not for the same reasons as men. Men are much more likely to wish to have sex with other women besides their wives, even though most of these men also want to preserve their marriages.
Women, by contrast, tend to use adultery to explore a potential new mate. Women rarely want novel sex just for the novelty - or the sex. Men do.
Men signed up for Ashley Madison by the millions. Most probably got no further than the fantasy of adultery. Women, it seems, only signed up by the thousands, at best. And very few used it to pursue an affair with a stranger.