Your partner is most likely to cheat on Friday nights, and they might use these excuses

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If you’re concerned about your partner cheating, a new survey from IllicitEncounters.com has revealed when and where your significant other is most likely to commit the act, plus the top cover-ups used to hide an affair.

IllicitEncounters.com, a UK website that matches married folks interested in extramarital affairs, surveyed 1,000 of its users and found that the prime time for cheating is Friday at 6:45 PM. Tuesday evenings were the second most popular time for cheating, according to the survey.

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“What this new research shows is that cheats are creatures of habit,” Christian Grant, a spokesman for IllicitEncounters.com, told Women’s Health Australia. “They have strict routines which they tend to stick to when they are seeing their lover.” In fact, 64% of respondents said they stuck to a strict cheating schedule in an attempt to keep their whereabouts on the down low.

The survey also polled IllicitEncounters.com users on the excuses they told their partner before heading out to cheat. The top cover-up: spending a night out with co-workers. Going to the gym was another big excuse used to hide cheating. In fact, 30% of respondents said they actually sought out a cheating partner at the gym.

According to Grant, you should be apprehensive if your partner consistently hangs out with work pals on a Friday night, especially if they often suggest a date night with you on the Saturday after. “The Saturday night date is partly due to guilt over the Friday night liaison,” Grant said in a statement.

Read more: 9 common reasons why people cheat

Cheating is nothing new, and oftentimes the act stems from a lack of communication between partners, psychotherapy counselor Claire McRitchie told INSIDER in a previous interview. “It is a way to express themselves in a way that feels perversely safer than using words,” she explained.

Loneliness, malice, and low emotional intelligence are some other reasons a person may cheat on their significant other.

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SEE ALSO: 15 ways your relationship will change after someone cheats

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