AshleyMadison.com, the dating website for married people, tells momlogic exclusively that the day after Mother's Day is the second-busiest day of the year for female member signups.And, their prediction held up:
On a typical Monday, between 2,500 and 3,000 women join AshleyMadison.com. But on the day after Mother's Day last year, AshleyMadison.com saw close to 24,000 new signups. They anticipate that 30,000 women will join this year on May 10 -- the day after Mother's Day.
Momlogic has exclusively learned that 31,427 women signed up for AshleyMadison.com yesterday -- which is over ten times the average number of women who typically sign up on any given Monday.Other holidays too?
Ashley Madison took a sample survey of the women who signed up yesterday, and found that:
67 percent identified themselves as stay-at-home moms.
The average age was 36.
Over two-thirds had been considering an affair before Mother's Day.
This "day after" trend is nothing new to AshleyMadison.com: Their biggest day of the year for female signups is the day after Valentine's Day, and their third-biggest day is the day after New Year's.Lessons, says Crampton:
Why are holidays like these such turning points for women? Noel Biderman, president and founder of AshleyMadison.com, says, "Because they have expectations -- expectations that their partnership will be celebrated and even romanticized -- but that is often not what transpires ...."
Biderman (a married father of two) believes there are several reasons why women turn to AshleyMadison.com after Mother's Day in particular:
- On Mother's Day, women in general expect to be celebrated by their partners. However, for many already suffering from a lack of appreciation, this day represents a continuation of neglect and disappointment.
- Women have affairs for different reasons than men. Whereas men are usually looking for sex, women tend to seek attention that they're not getting at home. This lack of attention often makes them feel undesirable -- and feeds their need for validation.
- If you're married, watch for dates around which expectations may have been built; they may be make-or-break if relationship capital has depreciated
- If you're unmarried but fancy a married girl, try the day after Valentine's, Mother's Day...(of course, that may make you evil too)
I'm curious though what the cyclical pattern of male signups with Ashley Madison might look like. If men expected this pattern in female signups, we'd expect a big influx of men just prior to those dates in anticipation of the new arrivals, with those men perhaps then letting their accounts lapse subsequent to those key dates.