THESUN.CO.UK - Feb 11 - According to a recent survey, the most popular way to end a relationship is by text, followed by a phone call and a chat face-to-face. Todays (Feb 12th) has been dubbed Red Tuesday due to it being the top day of the year to get dumped. The peak day for dumping is just 48 hours before February 14, according to dating site Illicit Encounters.com. Its survey found out that 37% of users said they had broken up with a lover in the week before Valentine's.
METRO.CO.UK - June 30 - Illicit Encounters surveyed 1K adulterers and found that 63% had been caught out by their partners at some point in their marriage, with the majority getting caught after their third affair. 11% were caught during their first affair after tying the knot, 12% during the second, and 21% during their third. It's thought this is because on third affairs people tend to get more lax about covering their tracks. 39% of those surveyed were caught by a partner reading their phone messages, 22% by their partner reading emails, 20% thanks to lying about their whereabouts, 14% being spotted out with a lover, and 5% caught because a family friend ratted them out.
IBTIMES - Apr 6 - IllicitEncounters.com is acquiring a private island known only as the Illicit Retreat, situated about 100 miles from Portsmouth. It will be equipped with luxury private apartments that will include a dining room, bedrooms, cooking facilities and jacuzzi. Transportation by helicopter will be provided to ensure that their members won't get caught on public transport or add a suspiciously large amount of mileage on their cars. The website claims to have 1M+ users in the UK and a sign up ratio of female to male member 45:55.
MIRROR.CO.UK - Feb 23 - ~850K people (5% of UK's married population) have registered on IllicitEncounters.com, the UK's largest extra-marital dating site. Men as old as 94 and one 76-year-old woman are among those to have signed up. The youngest user is just 22. Illicitencounters.com has been slammed by The Marriage Foundation and a dad from Merseyside who is going through a divorce after his wife used a similar site.
by Richard Wheatstone
See full article at Mirror.co.uk
GUARDIAN.CO.UK - June 15 - Paul Shurey (aged 54) died after a fall in India this April. He was one of the key movers and shakers in the rave scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s. He began running unofficial parties from 1989. He decided to launch Tribal Gathering with several different stages and DJs. Later he moved into digital marketing and went back to university to study television production. He founded IllicitEncounters.com, a dating site for married people who wanted to have affairs. Shurey was still running the site when, in March this year, he travelled to India. He was there when he suffered a fall, hitting his head and suffering injuries from which he never recovered.
Paul Shurey, born December 24, 1958, died April 24, 2013.
DAILY MAIL - June 4 - Experts believe that divorce, which costs ~£13K, is behind the shift towards wide-spread infidelity. Illicit Encounters.com claims that since the economy worsened they have welcomed 27K new members - a 200% increase on the previous year. 'Having an affair is treated almost as a practical, rather than a romantic, decision.' The pursuit of sexual excitement, boredom with marriage and the need of an ego boost were other reasons men gave for cheating, according to he UK Adultery Survey 2012 by undercoverlovers.com. Meanwhile women were more likely to be seeking emotional fulfilment. IllicitEncounters.com boasts ~670K members, which is 3% of the UK's married population.
by Sadie Whitelocks
See full article at Daily Mail
DAILY MAIL - Nov 22 - The number of Catholics actively looking for affairs was almost twice that of other religions, a survey has found. A research showed 21.5% of the 600,000 members on an extra-marital dating site were Catholic - a high figure since they make up only 10% of the UK population. Spokesperson for Illicit Encounters Rosie Freeman-Jones says: ‘Religious people have a much stronger sense of right and wrong, which also means they're likely to get a bigger thrill from breaking the rules.
PR WEB - Apr 5 - New research from IllicitEncounters.com shows that, for every husband pursuing affairs online, there are more than three wives. The research also showed that women spent considerably more time than men as a member of the site, staying active for just over a year. Male members are typically active for just over 6 months. IllicitEncounters.com, who conducted the research, say the figure marks a clear shift in the demographics of British affairs. IllicitEncounters.com has been running since 2003, and now has ~570,000 members across the UK & Ireland.
PR WEB - Mar 9 - A survey from extramarital dating site Illicit Encounters.com found ~65% (370K) of members access the affairs site during work hours, and 23% (131K) admit to logging on while 'working from home'. The statistics show a 10% increase on those who visited the site on company time. IllicitEncounters.com has been running since 2003, and has ~570K members.
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ECONOMIST - Dec 29 - The new year can be an unhappy time but it is a golden opportunity for dating sites, as singles are hoping to find romance—ideally before February 14th. “The period between New Year’s Day and Valentine’s Day is our busiest six weeks of the year,” explains Sam Yagan, from OkCupid. Once seen as the last resort for a bunch of lonely geeks, online-dating services have gradually shed much of the stigma formerly associated with them. ComScore says Match.com and Zoosk saw 4.6M and 4.8M unique visitors respectively in November 2010. Deepak Kamra of Canaan Partners, an American VC firm that has backed Zoosk and BharatMatrimony, estimates that the industry’s revenues now amount to $3 billion-4 billion a year. The online-dating world has also spawned thousands of niche ones. Then there is the fuss over sites such as Illicit Encounters and Ashley Madison, which match people seeking partners for extramarital affairs. But to blame the service for infidelity is to confuse cause and effect. FULL ARTICLE @ ECONOMIST
PR WEB - Jul 29 - Children that are enrolled in fee-paying schools are more likely to pursue extramarital relationships in later life, statistics from IllicitEncounters.com show. 22% of the site’s membership attended private school; that’s double the amount of privately educated people nationally (The Independent Schools Council, 2009). The study also found that 15% of IllicitEncounters.com members attended a religious school. FULL ARTICLE @ PR WEB
PR WEB - July 29 - 2.5% of the UK married population are now members of extramarital dating site IllicitEncounters.com. The typical IllicitEncounters.com member is between the ages of 30 to 50, and has been married for ~7 years; adding some truth to the long-dreaded ‘7 Year Itch’ concept. Typically, the percentage of men and women on the site is 55% and 45% respectively. FULL ARTICLE @ PR WEB
PR WEB - Apr 27 - IllicitEncounters.com, the UK extra-marital dating site, is looking for an agency for creative and media buying. As CEO Adam Scott explains, the site finds it difficult to secure commercial spots in mainstream media; "Today, our brand is more widely accepted than ever, but we're looking to go further. As long as the execution is delicate and the message is consistent, we think television advertising in particular could be a hugely beneficial avenue for us", Scott explains. FULL ARTICLE @ PR WEB
PR WEB - Feb 22 - The UK's largest extra-marital dating site, IllicitEncounters.com received an unexpected influx of nearly 1,000 new female profiles since February 14th. The number of dormant profiles that were reactivated had also risen. What is fueling this sudden activity? The root cause seems to be forgetful and inattentive husbands neglecting their wives on one of the most romantic days of the year. These women take to the internet to find romance and compassion to fulfill their needs. IllicitEncounters.com beganin 2003, and now has over 420,000 members across the UK.FULL ARTICLE @ PR WEB
THE INDEPENDENT - Jan 13 - Extramarital dating sites like AdultFriendFinder, are bigger business than ever. This week, its owner, FriendFinder Networks commenced marketing for a $220M flotation on the New York Stock Exchange. In December, one of AdultFriendFinder's rivals, AshleyMadison.com, offered Tiger Woods $5M to become their public face. In Britain, the most popular equivalent is IllicitEncounters.co.uk, which counts 415,000 members nationwide. Like AdultFriendFinder.com, it makes its money through subscriptions. Wives log on for free while husbands pay £119 a month. FULL ARTICLE @ THE INDEPENDENT
This is the news for January 1st through January 11th, 2010. Here is the news we covered:
BBC NEWS - Jan 7 - Mysinglefriend.com says visitors to its website soared by 55% on Tuesday alone, with its busiest time coming at 3pm rather than the traditional 10pm. Meanwhile rival site Singles365.com says its visitor numbers grew 27% across Tuesday and Wednesday compared with a year ago. "We can only put this down to the bad weather meaning more people are staying at home", says Singles365.com spokeswoman Katie Mowe. IllicitEncounters.com, a website which provides a platform for married people to conduct affairs, has gained 2,567 new members in the last six days, suggesting that January will be its busiest month ever. FULL ARTICLE @ BBC NEWS
This is the news for the week of December 4th through December 10th, 2009. Here is the news we covered for this week: