FACEBOOK Affairs are on the rise and one in five Irish people admit having sex with an ex they have found on social media, according to a new survey.
Three-quarters of those surveyed in Ireland (74 per cent) regular track former partners and study pictures of them on Facebook and Instagram.
And two-thirds of respondents (64 per cent) say they still have ‘unfinished business’ with former flames and long to reconnect with at least one ex-lover.
The peak time to reconnect with an old flame is at Christmas and New Year, followed by their birthdays.
The results were revealed in a new survey of 2,000 people by IllicitEncounters.com, the leading dating site for married people.
It found that 62 per cent of people have reconnected with a former partner via social media.
In just over half those cases (54 per cent), the approach was made because they were keen to get news and pictures of the ex but had no interest in rekindling the romance.
RECONNECTING WITH EXES
But 46 per cent of respondents say they have contacted former partners because they still have feelings for them and want a romance to develop, even if they are in a relationship.
Affairs with exes happen in 22 per cent of cases. Half of those questioned (53per cent) said they were curious to see if sex with their ex was the same the second time around.
The survey found that more than half those questioned (52 per cent) were glad that they had contacted their ex.
But a similar number (48 per cent) regretted reconnecting and wished they had put the past behind them.
Men and women gave different answers for why they were keen to reconnect with former partners.
More than half of men (58 per cent) said they were still ‘sexually curious’ about their former partners compared to 46 per cent of women.
IllicitEncounters.com sex and relationship expert Jessica Leoni said: “It is easy to track our former lovers via social media.
“Lots of people in Ireland have formed WhatsApp groups with friends from school and university. Most of us are on Facebook and interact with old pals on birthdays and around big events.
“Christmas and New Year is the peak time for sex with the ex – because it gives us an excuse to reach out to someone with whom we have unfinished business.
“This is especially true this year when lots of people will be looking to reflect on what has been a tumultuous time for everyone with the Covid crisis.
“With that crisis set to ease next year, there will be a big rise in Facebook Affairs as those friendly ‘how are you?’ emails develop into something much more personal.”
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IllicitEncounters.com has enjoyed a bumper 2020 with an 18 per cent rise in subscriptions since last January, despite the Covid crisis.
The biggest increase has been amongst women aged 35-50 and the most popular reason for joining is the fact they have become ‘bored’ with their partners during lockdown.
Four fifths of women (84 per cent) register with the site because they are unhappy with the sex they are getting at home.