Life is short. Have an affair?

The largest cheating site’s slogan is “Life is short.  Have an affair.” Maybe life is not so short.  Why should someone have an affair?  If we look at these two sentences in the tagline separately then we may not fully commit to the slogan.

Humans, looking back at the life expectancy 150 years ago would probably agree that life was short back then but since it almost double maybe life isn’t so short comparatively.  In the last seven decades people in the US probably live about 15 year longer.  Demographics and gender are just two of the factors that can determine life expectancy.

How long we have on this Earth is all in the perspective.  Someone in their teens or twenties may think they have a long time to live.  Someone in their 70s or 80s reflecting on their life may think it went by in a blink of the eye.

Some of the early quotes on “life is short” were to emphasize that we shouldn’t waste our time on trivial things.   We should try to make ourselves better people.  Life is short over the years has taken on new meanings that we can die any day so we should self-gratify.  This motto by the cheating site is to get sexual pleasure without thinking about the consequences if their partner found out.

Why should people have an affair?   There are many reasons not to have an affair including:

  1. Unwanted pregnancy
  2. Sexually transmitted diseases
  3. Hurting others
  4. Breaking up families
  5. Spending money on moving, divorces, etc..
  6. If you get caught you are labeled a liar and cheater
  7. Possible physical confrontations/fights

The tagline “Life is short. Have an affair” may be misguided because life expectancy is increasing and if life is short doing something positive may be better than doing something many believe is immoral.  Having an affair can have many negative consequences so it may be better not to have an affair.

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Gary Spivak
Founder of, whose mission is to build the largest community of single infidelity survivors who are looking for a safe haven to rejoin the dating pool. Master's Degree in Management from New Jersey Institute of Technology

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