23 October 2016
Divorce cases have been on the rise in China in recent years, with extramarital affairs often cited as the reason for the break-up of the relationships. Photo: CNSA
Divorce cases have been on the rise in China in recent years, with extramarital affairs often cited as the reason for the break-up of the relationships. Photo: CNSA

China’s cheating spouses

What would possibly happen if a Chinese full-time mom meets an IT guy?

Well, the prospect is intriguing, given the findings of a survey in the mainland in relation to extra-marital affairs and rising divorces in the country.

Beijing News reports that sexual infidelity was the top reason for increasing divorce cases in China.

In terms of occupation, full-time moms were said to be more prone to be disloyal and cheat on their husbands than other women.

According to the survey, full-time moms accounted for 18.9 percent of women involved in spouse-cheating cases, followed by teachers (13.8 percent) and doctors (8.6 percent).

Among husbands who strayed, 10.6 percent were from the information technology industry, followed by finance professionals (8.2 percent) and the education sector (6.5 percent).

Love is irrational, so we cannot predict what will happen if we put a housewife and tech guy together in a home.

But among others, I feel it is teachers that deserve a closer look as education, rather than advertising or other glitzy sectors, is a high-risk profession when it comes to divorce.

Integrating data from China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs and a private “Sexual Wellbeing Survey” survey sponsored by Durex, Beijing News concluded that over half of the divorce cases (50.1 percent) in China involved a third party.

More than one in four marriages (26.8 percent) saw spouses run into problems with each other, though in many cases the partners overcame the crisis.

The report was not surprising, given that divorces in China has been surging at a compound rate in excess of 6 percent every year since 2010.

Divorce cases in the country surged to 3.841 million last year, from 2.678 million in 2010.

The year 2013 saw a particularly big jump as the divorce number hit 3.5 million, up 12 percent from the previous year.

This week, divorce became a hotter subject in China than even the Rio Olympics.

That is because actor Wang Baogiang filed for divorce at a Beijing court Monday, a day after making an announcement on social media.

Wang said he was seeking to split up with his wife Ma Rong as he discovered that she was having an affair with his agent Song Zhe.

The 32 year-old movie star, who is nicknamed “Baobao”, released a heartfelt statement on his Weibo account Sunday morning, saying that he has no other option but to file for divorce.

“I have given unswerving love toward my family, my friends and society,” wrote Wang.

“The words and actions which I have spoken and ensured throughout the relationship were built upon trust, honesty and compassion. However, I cannot tolerate malicious acts which betray marriages and destroy families.”

By filing for a divorce, Wang can be seen as one of the 54.6 percent mainland husbands who said in the survey that they cannot accept marital infidelity.

The figure was slightly lower when compared to women, 56.7 percent of whom said they will file for divorce if their partners cause deep hurt.

Overall, men appeared to be a bit more tolerant than women when it comes to cheating partners.

Thirty-four percent of men said they will offer a second chance to “disloyal” spouses, while in the case of women only 30 percent said so.

While China grapples with a social issue, it can however take comfort in the fact that the problem is still nowhere near the levels in some other countries.

In Thailand, 56 percent of married couples were said to have indicated that they had been disloyal to the partners, followed by European countries such as Demark, Italy, Germany and France.

As for Hong Kong, we don’t know what the “disloyalty” statistics are for the city.

However, we are aware is that the number of divorces here stood at 20,075 last year, down nearly 10 percent from the level in 2013, in line with a decline in marriages.

But, for every 100 marriages, there were 40 divorces. And that does not bode well for the city.

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