Employees who break the rules are more likely to cheat on their partners. Research finds use of hacked data from the notorious Ashley Madison website
- University of Texas examines connection after studying official reports
- Ashley Madison users are more than twice as likely to commit misconduct
- The results published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Difficult employees who defy authority are more likely to deceive their partners, a new study suggests.
Researchers from the University of Texas discovered the correlation after studying the archives of police officers, financial advisers, administrative criminals, and senior executives who used the Ashley Madison website for infidelity.
The data suggest a strong link between people's actions in their personal and professional lives.
They discovered that Ashley Madison had more than twice as much chance of company misconduct.
Research: Researchers from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas made the connection after studying official data from 11,000 people
Researchers examined four study groups with a total of 11,235 people.
They used data on police officers from the Citizens Police Data Project, on financial advisers from the BrokerCheck database of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, on defendants in Securities and Exchange Commission cases from their process archives and on CEO & # 39; s and CFO & # 39 ; s from Execucomp.
They discovered that people with a history of misconduct used the Ashley Madison website considerably more often.
That is even after matching misconduct professionals with misconduct people of similar ages, genders and experiences and control over a wide range of executive and cultural variables.
& # 39; This is the first study that has been able to determine whether there is a connection between personal unfaithfulness and professional behavior & # 39 ;, said co-author Samuel Kruger.
& # 39; We find a strong correlation that tells us that infidelity is informative about the expected professional behavior. & # 39;
Discreet? Under the slogan & # 39; Life is short. Have an affair & # 39 ;, Ashley Madison advertises as a dating service for married people to & # 39; have discreet encounters & # 39;
The finding may even support the idea that eliminating sexual misconduct in the workplace may also reduce fraudulent activity.
& # 39; Our results show that personal sexual behavior is correlated with professional behavior, & # 39; Professor Kruger added.
& # 39; Eliminating sexual misconduct in the workplace may have the added benefit of contributing to more ethical corporate cultures in general. & # 39;
Under the slogan & # 39; Life is short. Have an affair & # 39 ;, Ashley Madison advertises as a dating service for married people to & # 39; have discreet encounters & # 39;
Despite promises of discreetness, the data was made public in 2015 through a hack of 36 million user accounts, including 1 million paid users in the United States.
The full findings of the study were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
How has online dating become so popular?
The first ever incarnation of a dating app can be traced back to 1995 when Match.com was first launched.
On the website, single people could upload a profile, upload a photo and chat with people online.
The app was intended to meet people looking for long-term relationships.
eHarmony was developed in 2000 and two years later, Ashley Madison, a site dedicated to infidelity and cheating, was first launched.
An abundance of other dating sites with a unique demographic target group was set up over the next 10-15 years, including: OKCupid (2004), Plenty of Fish (2006), Grindr (2009) and Happn (2013).
Tinder was launched in 2012 and was the first & # 39; swipe & # 39; based dating platform.
After the first launch, it snowed and by March 2014 there were one billion games a day worldwide.
In 2014, Whitney Wolfe Herd, co-founder of Tinder, launched Bumble, a dating app that allowed women to only allow women to send the first message.
The popularity of mobile dating apps such as Tinder, Badoo and more recent Bumble is due to a growing number of younger users with a busy schedule.
In the 1990s there was a stigma associated with online dating because it was considered a last and desperate attempt to find love.
This belief has disappeared and now about a third of marriages are between couples who have met each other online.
A 2014 survey found that 84 percent of dating app users used online dating services to find a romantic relationship.
Twenty-four percent said they explicitly used online dating apps for sexual encounters.
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