An "other" wo/man: infidelity, open relationship, or separation
I am sixteen years into my monogamous relationship, and I am thirteen years into my marriage. In these past years, I feel lucky there have been no other love interests on my end, and I am not aware of any other love interests on my partner's end. There have been close friends who have decided to open their relationship to others. There have been people close to us who have opted to have extramarital affairs. In some cases, the affairs have become known to all parties. In some of these cases, they have decided to stay together. In other cases, they have decided to separate or divorce.
Many of these scenarios have occured in relationships that are over the decade mark, and some of these relationships are closer to the two-decade mark.
What I wonder about recently is: is this part of our progression in a relationship? Is want for "another" a reality for many as a relationship stretches into the decades? I became all the more curious when we received a media pitch from a company that promotes itself as a "discreet social network for men and women seeking secret affairs." I found myself wondering whether I am in the minority and whether we adults are increasingly looking for new partnerships and connections, especially after our relationships stretch into the decades.