Have you ever thought a family member was lying to you? In light of Shocking Family Secrets premiering Thursday, November 22nd at 10pm, the Discovery Fit & Health team thought we’d investigate some of the most common secrets people hide from their families.
Read on to learn what skeletons could be hiding in your family closet!
Roughly 3% to 4% of currently married people have cheated in the past year, according to Tom Smith, the director of General Social Survey at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.
Smith told Forbes in an article about extramarital affairs:
"The best estimates are that about 3% to 4% of currently married people have a sexual partner besides their spouse in a given year and about 15% to 18% of ever-married people have had a sexual partner other than their spouse while married."
The instances of affairs are most common with 18- to 29-year-old people and those between the ages 40 to 49 (attributed to the mid-life crisis phase of life). Young people are 13% more likely than the average population to cheat, and for those ages 40 to 49 this number increases to 20%.
"I'm pregnant" is probably the last thing a teenage girl wants to tell her parents, and it seems a good number of these teens are keeping pregnancies a secret. Some 40% of teen abortions occur without any knowledge or consent from a parent, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
In 2006 alone, 750,000 girls in the U.S., ages 15-19, became pregnant. Unsurprisingly, about 82% of those were unintended. Of these pregnancies, 32% resulted in an abortion. Using those statistics, it would be safe to estimate that nearly 100,000 young women get abortions without their parents' knowledge each year.
A 2011 study published in the journal Social Psychology and Personality Science found that 36% of gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals polled kept their sexual orientation a secret from a family member. And that was significantly less than those who admitted to hiding their sexual identity at work (45%), or in their religious communities (69%).
According to the same study, these individuals admitted to getting a “healthy boost” from telling the truth. Coming clean about their secret improved their mental health regardless of the repercussions.
Lying to a Spouse About Money
Money can be a touchy subject in most marriages. According to a survey by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, couples reported that they are more likely to fight about money than kids or work, with roughly 27% of their arguments stemming from money issues. Even worse, three in 10 married adults admit to committing financial infidelity.
According to this survey:
- 7% have not told a spouse about a work bonus or lottery win
- 4% have hidden savings or retirement accounts
- 4% have taken out major moola from their joint account without letting their partner know
It looks like in the game of life, finding a financially compatible partner may be more important than we thought.
Want to see more secrets? Tune in to Shocking Family Secrets Thursday, November 22nd at 10pm!