Historically, most of this activity has been attributed to the errant husband, but research shows married women are increasingly engaging in extramarital affairs.
And, it's not restricted to one partner discreetly engaging in relations outside the marriage.
Even today, forty years after the publication of Foucault's first study, and amidst one of the world's greatest scientific and technological revolutions, most of us still find ourselves bound by societal conventions of marriage.
Which means that married dating or cheating on one's spouse still demands a certain level of discretion.
It's about things that are much deeper and more lasting, especially if you have children.
And the American insistence on mixing love and sex and expecting passion to last forever is leading to great suffering that we think is tragic and unnecessary." So, does this explain why a significant portion of married men and women, as well as committed heterosexual, gay or bisexual males, women seeking women and transgender people, continue to seek out the company of those other than their primary partner?
In a survey conducted between June and July of 2015, respondents provided the following results: Just remember, everyone leaves a digital footprint.
Over the last several hundred years, married dating in western society has taken many forms.
From discreet romantic trysts within one's social circle or using the services of professional escorts in the 18th and 19th centuries, to personal ad dating, petting parties, polyamorous dating, love-ins, key parties and internet bulletin board matchups of the twentieth century, people have always found ways to escape the confines of conventional life in pursuit of erotic pleasure.
So, if you are a married man or woman looking for a discreet encounter, you may want to be somewhat selective in the online tool you use.
While you may be tempted to try sites and apps used by today's millennials, be aware that these services are designed for a more carefree, younger clientele.