In a bid to understand what it is that leads married men and women in India to cheat on their partners, we decided to interact with some firsthand.
We created two profiles on the site (with no photographs) — one of a 30-year-old married man, and the other, a 30-year-old married woman, both from Mumbai.
Soon after gaining popularity, the site also earned its fair share of criticism for “promoting extramarital affairs”.
But that doesn’t seem to have hampered its success rate.
During our interactions, the reasons the men shared with us for cheating ranged from boredom, to an inactive sex life and even general intimacy issues.
The first person who approached us was a 43-year-old businessman, named Shekhar Sharma. While he frequently asked us if we were “okay with having sex with an unknown person”, he refused to tell us why he was so eager to cheat on his wife.
A survey conducted across 40 countries last year, by the Pew Research Centre, USA, found that 62% of Indians had no issues indulging in extramarital affairs.
But the female profile had a flurry of requests from potential partners.
When we refused to comply, he asked us for our picture to compensate.
Instant satisfaction Most of the Indian men who approached us on this site wanted to set up a meeting at the earliest, almost as if time was running out.
Amit Sehgal, 49, was a stockbroker and married to someone who is “employed” (he didn’t specify her profession) for over 20 years.
However, he wasn’t as secretive about his intentions.
He left us a few messages, giving us a fixed time at which to chat, and insisted that we meet as soon as possible.