Upon sharing screenshots of the conversation, she wrote: ‘Let’s all wave hello to my fellow peers at Melbourne University. While two of the responses had consisted of ‘relatively heartfelt apologies’, one left Eleanor feeling rather concerned.‘I understand why you might be upset but that was all said as a joke and no one was taking anything seriously in that group,’ the message from one of the men read.
‘After speaking with my sister I began to feel angrier and more passionate to evoke change.’ After a phone conversation with her sister, Eleanor decided to post the conversation – which she had not had the opportunity to reply to as she was so promptly removed – to Facebook. Let’s get back to that conversation on equality.’ According to Eleanor, around 98% of the responses were supportive and she was shocked to find three of the men had responded to the post also.
According to The New York Times, the most consistent data on infidelity comes from the University of Chicago's General Social Survey (GSS).
Interviews with people in non-monogamous relationships since 1972 by the GSS have shown that approximately 12% of men and 7% of women admit to having had an extramarital relationship.
One measure of infidelity among couples is the frequency of children secretly conceived with a different partner, leading to "non-paternities".
Such covertly illegitimate children amount to about 1–2% of newborns in European populations.