But the Ashley Madison service itself proves men are suckers.
Not simply because millions of men who were trying to hide from their wives decided to use their real names and email addresses in signing up for an adultery website — though that wasn’t exactly the mark of genius. It’s hard to know how many users of the site are real (it sounds as if some were signed up by friends or enemies as practical jokes).
While I um and ah about forking out another wedge, the messages start to arrive.
One is old enough to be my mother and has a username that, without giving too much away, is an instruction to engage part of my mouth with a baked good she has in her possession.
We are working with law enforcement agencies, which are investigating. There’s the option to send digital gifts: a teddy bear, a rose or a sapphire necklace (at £16! I swap the last of my credits for 30 minutes of live chat.It’s because they thought that there were millions of halfway attractive, married women out there just waiting for a hot proposition from a married man so they could be unfaithful. But even taking the numbers at face value, the ratio is abysmal.There were about 28 million men and 5 million women in the account list, while the credit-card information belongs almost entirely to men.Plenty of married men lament that they are no longer able to go after anything with nice legs.But women are much more prone to saying, “I’m so glad I’m not on the dating scene anymore.” It’s not that women don’t commit adultery as often because they are happier in their marriages than men are.And men are much more interested in casual sex than women.