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Our cheating hearts

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By Bernard Rowan

Infidelity remains a leading cause of divorce in South Korea. Even though other factors have risen, cheating on one's spouse remains justification for divorce. And while the courts decriminalized adultery, there's no doubt it is toxic to marital ties.

According to a 2016 study by Lina Korea, over half of Korean men have had one or more affairs, and 40 percent didn't consider paying for sex as adultery. Also, 10 percent of women admitted to cheating.

I don't think these numbers are shocking compared with other countries. Humans are a randy bunch. Acts of infidelity characterize large numbers, even majorities of respondents, across many countries. However, when these acts compromise the trust and confidence in a marital bond, it's doubly wrong. I'm not excusing it. I'm not the judge. I believe in forgiveness but trying again doesn't always work. Adultery continues to plague and destroy marriages. It's always done so. It'll always do.

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