Website for Married People Looking for Extra Booty Ranks Houston

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Website for extramarital booty calls ranks Houston, again.
There's probably a marriage counseling session going on right now where one of the spouses is talking about porn sites she found on her computer's web browser. Maybe there are some texting conversations that are clearly over the line on another spouse's smartphone, or a dress with some strange stains that appear somewhere under the neckline.

If any of that is going on in Houston, then it's probably happening in Sugar Land or West University, the top two spots on AshleyMadison.com's recent survey of cheaters. You see, the website, created 12 years ago, keeps itself in the media by doing these surveys of its user base in particular cities and countries. Houston-area memberships grew by about 72 percent in the past two years to 160,000, according to the report.

Roy Wooten, a local marriage counselor, said he's heard about the website in sessions he conducts at Jersey Village counseling center Shield-Bearer. "In my opinion, sites like AshleyMadison.com add to the disintegration of the family. Someone who's thinking about cheating has an easier time," he said.

As to the locations that regularly pop up on this survey, places with median incomes in the six figures, the demands of a commuting work life take their toll.
"Wealthier families are emotionally bankrupt," Wooten told Hair Balls. "They spend all their time commuting or running the kids around. They're not connected to each other."

AshleyMadison is that Pandora's box, only you should probably stock up on condoms if you're going to go open it.

While sexless marriages are to blame, or are at least the reason why AshleyMadison.com seems to prosper, Wooten said it's the symptom of a bigger problem in the relationship. It's never just one person's problem, either. Women, he said, are more likely to use the site for emotional connection and getting to know someone who can tell them things their spouse doesn't. "They're first looking outside [the relationship] for emotional support," he said.
Men, according to Wooten, who published a book last year called The Secret to Lifetime Love, are pretty much into it for the sex. "It's the beginning of the end of the relationship," he said.

We won't go all hardcore anti-AshleyMadison.com. There has to be a place for cougars to go hunting. The site said that membership is nearly an even split between men and women. The Houston Chronicle did a short write-up on the rankings from the recent report:

  1. Sugar Land, where 8.9 percent of the organization's Houston-area members live.
  2. West University is close behind at 8.8 percent.
  3. Baytown comes in at 8.4 percent.
  4. Eastwood, just east of downtown, has 7.8 perrcent.
  5. Larchmont, south of the Galleria, has 7.5 percent.
  6. Braeswood comes in at 7.1 percent.
  7. Westchase comes in at 6.6 percent.
  8. Kingwood comes in at 6.5 percent.
  9. River Oaks comes in at 6.3 percent.
  10. Meyerland comes in at 6.1 percent.

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8 comments
KD Davis
KD Davis

I worked for a company whose main client base came from the areas mentioned. This survey isn't far fetched.

Dave Lippert
Dave Lippert

North side has family values, Who knew? Or, according to the article this service requires money we we don't

ahnL
ahnL

"wealthier families are emotionally bankrupt.."  What kind of bizarre generalization is that?

nguyenhm16
nguyenhm16

I am highly skeptical they have 160,000 members in this area. That would mean something like 2.7% of the area's population would be members, which is, frankly, ludicrous (Google tells me the 2014 population of the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown MSA is ~5.9 million people).

royndev
royndev

@ahnL  

I didn't say that exactly.  He asked me if there was anything I noticed about the list and I mentioned that they were all commuter areas.  he mentioned that he thought they were wealthier areas.  I stated that in commuter areas where both or one of the parents is absent, there is less time in the home.  When they are in the home, they are focused on the achievements of their children (sports, dance, music, etc).  So sometimes they are in living in wealthy communities but are relationally bankrupt or relationally poor.  

royndev
royndev

@ahnL  

I didn't say that exactly.  He asked me if there was anything I noticed about the list and I mentioned that they were all commuter areas.  he mentioned that he thought they were wealthier areas.  I stated that in commuter areas where both or one of the parents is absent, there is less time in the home.  When they are in the home, they are focused on the achievements of their children (sports, dance, music, etc).  So sometimes they are in living in wealthy communities but are relationally bankrupt or relationally poor.  

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