Love thy neighbour?
Extramarital affairs are a common occurrence these days. There are multiple dating websites dedicated specifically to people who are married. One such site has come out with a survey, which concluded that when it comes to extramarital relationships, people are more prone to date their neighbours. The survey spoke to 8,000 people and found out that 62% women fantasised about cheating with one of their neighbours. While 71% men claimed that they had dreamt about a sensual moment with their neighbour. Interestingly, 31% females confessed to actually having an affair with their neighbour.
So, does this mean you should be worried about your neighbour? Mental health counsellor, Kavita Mungi says that one really can’t do much to prevent infidelity. She says, “If the neighbour is attractive and you feel threatened, it’s best to keep distance. If you fear the likelihood of an affair then it’s best to change residences, though distance might just make the heart fonder. It is better to introspect one’s own relationship issues instead.” She adds, “If domesticity and boredom has killed the spark in your relationship, then do something to light the flame again.” Mungi says doubts and conjecture can be extremely detrimental to a successful marriage or partnership. She says, “So, unless there is a solid evidence, one should not let doubts rule your mind.”
A DIFFERENT BOND
But, it’s not only extramarital affairs that people are prone to having with neighbours. Relationship expert Riddhish Maru says it’s all about closeness. He says, “The moment you step out of the house, your neighbours are the first point of contact. You meet them almost every day, know them well and are close to them. So, at times, all these factors help facilitate affairs.”