There's been a rise in people cheating in lockdown but why?

This week it was revealed that Professor Neil Ferguson, the scientist advising the government on how to prevent the spread of Covid-19 through social distancing, broke lockdown rules on two occasions to meet ‘his married lover’. Breaking the news yesterday, The Telegraph, reported that he allowed the woman – who lives with her husband and children in another house – to visit him at home during the lockdown. He had previously led the research from Imperial College London that claimed 500,000 Britons would die if the UK didn’t implement a national lockdown. Gallery: 8 subtle signs you’re 'emotionally cheating' on your partner (INSIDER) ‘I accept I made an error of judgment and took the wrong course of action,’ Ferguson told the publication. ‘The Government guidance is unequivocal, and is there to protect all of us.’ Naturally, the news has caused outrage given his many public appearances praising ‘very intensive social distancing’ measures all while his lover, Antonia Staats, 38, travelled across London to spend time in his home. It’s not just started a debate around the hypocrisy of public figures like him – cabinet minister Robert Jenrick travelled 40 miles to see his parents during lockdown, for example – but also the nature of Ferguson’s particular rule-breaking: the fact he was choosing to maintain sexual contact with a woman sharing a house with other people. In fact, one dating service for married people, Ashley Madison, told Grazia they are averaging 16,685 new members per day – a 1,000 daily increase in new adulterers compared to this time last year. It’s worth noting that Staats is understood to be in an open marriage – according to The Sun – but of course that doesn’t excuse choosing to see your second partner at a time when staying at home is a global priority.