What's in a name? Cheating, apparently
Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
Forget everything you’ve ever heard about infidelity – ignore the biggest sign your partner will cheat, or when your partner is more likely to cheat on you. Don’t even worry if your boyfriend comes from one of the most adulterous towns in the UK. We actually need to be blaming their parents.
Why? Because according to a new study, it’s all in their name.
IllicitEncounters, a dating website for married people (making them somewhat experts in the field of infidelity, ahem), surveyed more than 300 men and women to find out what’s in a name. And apparently, it’s a lot more than we thought.
It found that if you have a longer or more exotic name, you’re more likely to cheat.
Monikers with five or more letters make the person seem more intelligent or higher up the social ladder, therefore making them more attractive and deserving of your sexual attention (ha!). All this extra attention obviously equates to an abundance of sexy offers, making the temptation all too real, and damn it! Before you know it you and your five letter+ name are taking up the opportunity to cheat.
In theory, it means that Catherine and Kimberly are more likely to cheat than Katie or Kim. The same works for Andrew and David versus Andy and Dave.
The poll also found that exotic foreign names fared well, with 55% of women and 40% of men agreeing that they’re more attractive.
The site’s spokesperson, Christian Grant (not Grey) said: ‘Online dating is intricate and sometimes difficult, so first impressions are often make or break. We’re creatures of instinct; we judge books by their cover, even though we’re told we shouldn’t.
‘If a name has certain negative connotations, whether it’s because it brings up memories of an ex-boyfriend, someone you don’t like that shares the same name, or you just associate it with a lack of class, you’re immediately put off by that person.
‘As it turns out, longer names are hotter. Rightly or wrongly, Andrew sounds like the kind of guy that runs his own business, while Andy sounds like he’s stuck on the M6 in a Ford Transit.’