Welcome to Washington, DC — Capital of the United States and cheating. This is the second year in a row the city has been graced with the title, beating out second place Austin and third place Houston, Texas.
This information comes from what one might consider the capital of cheating websites: Ashley Madison. Their slogan is “Life is short. Have an affair®” after all. Washington, DC has almost 38,000 registered users, the highest per capita membership on the site. 13 million members strong in fact, America is certainly a country that plans to sleep around.
Why DC then? According to Noel Biderman, CEO of Ashley Madison’s parent company, successful people cheat. They cheat because the same personality traits that led them to success are prone to take more personal risks or because they have more opportunity than the average person. And DC has a lot of successful people that travel frequently. Businessmen, lobbyists, political figures, salesmen, government officials and many more call Washington, DC home making it home to some of the most successful people around. In DC, an average of 30 people sign up to the site every day.
The day after Valentine’s Day is one of their biggest days of the year.
That’s right, the day after Valentine’s Day sees a 439% increase when compared to a regular day so don’t pick a terrible Valentine’s gift because it’s mostly women signing up that day. Fun fact, Mondays are usually their busiest day of the week. One has to wonder whether it’s just planning the week of affairs or because Mondays are so terrible. However you spin it, America is cheating and Washington, DC is the capital of both.