SA’s on­line love cheats come out to play at end of the week

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SOUTH Africans might fo­cus their en­ergy on work-re­lated tasks for the bet­ter part of the work week, but to­wards the week­end they in­dulge in on­line flirt­ing.

This is ac­cord­ing to a re­cent sur­vey of in­ti­mate mo­ments be­tween peo­ple from var­i­ous coun­tries across the globe.

The ma­jor­ity of in­ti­mate mo­ments be­tween mar­ried peo­ple and their lovers are set up via the in­ter­net on week­days.

Most on­line flirts and chats take place be­tween 2pm and 8pm, in­ject­ing en­ergy into the af­ter­noon slump.

The study was con­ducted by Vic­to­ria Mi­lan, an on­line dat­ing net­work for mar­ried and at­tached peo­ple look­ing to cheat.

The find­ings, which were based on data from 5.8 mil­lion of its ac­tive mem­bers in 32 coun­tries, re­vealed which days of the week were the best and busiest for hav­ing an ex­tra­mar­i­tal fling or flirt.

Vic­to­ria Mi­lan founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive Sig­urd Vedal said the study showed there was never a bad time to jump on­line and in­ter­act with like-minded peo­ple look­ing for lovers.

“Clearly there are pre­ferred days that peo­ple from cer­tain coun­tries choose to flirt with po­ten­tial lovers and ar­range hook-ups, and this comes down to want­ing to feel or­gan­ised be­fore flirt­ing, or sav­ing the hook-up as a re­ward for the end of the week,” he said.

“Our mem­bers are so suc­cess­ful each week that Satur­days are quiet on­line – but it’s prob­a­bly not so quiet in bed­rooms and ho­tel rooms across these 32 coun­tries.”

The sur­vey found that a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber opted for the be­gin­ning of the week to start flirt­ing, said Vedal.

Of the coun­tries, eight were in Europe, with New Zealand and Hong Kong join­ing the crowd who were in the mood on Mon­days.

Scan­di­na­vians opted for Tues­days to dab­ble in some raunchy on­line ac­tiv­ity.

“Tues­days are the favourite day for 10 coun­tries that take a lit­tle time to wake up and smell the or­gasm op­por­tu­ni­ties, or who pre­fer to get the week off to an or­gan­ised start be­fore dab­bling in adul­tery,” said Vedal.

With re­gard to Wed­nes­days, Vedal said the mid-week monotony was some­times bro­ken up with some on­line flirt­ing that gen­er­ally cul­mi­nated in a meet-up for some mat­tress an­tics.

South Africans pre­ferred a late start to on­line flirt­ing.

“They al­low them­selves to log in on Thurs­days, leav­ing their brows­ing, chat­ting and flirt­ing as a de­li­cious re­ward as the week qui­etens down and comes to a close,” he said.

Fri­day kicks flirty adul­ter­ers from Fin­land, Aus­tralia, Mex­ico and Peru into ac­tion.

“These coun­tries log on and give a new and sexy mean­ing to the phrase ‘Thank good­ness it’s Fri­day’ by ar­rang­ing meet-ups and flirt­ing on­line,” Vedal said.

“The study shows the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple suc­cess­fully find a lover for the week­end by flirt­ing dur­ing the week,” said Vedal.

Sun­days were for sleep­ing in, and most stuck to the tra­di­tion of re­serv­ing it for fam­ily time.

PIC­TURE: AP

REN­DEZVOUS-HOUR: Re­search shows that most on­line flirts take place be­tween 2pm and 8pm on week­days.

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