In today’s world, where technology and social media dominate our daily lives, relationships have become more complex. One such issue is infidelity, and it is not uncommon to hear stories about someone finding their partner on a dating app. Recently, the co-hosts on “The View” had an insightful discussion on the ethics of informing a friend if you found their spouse on a dating app. This discussion highlights the need to address this issue and understand different perspectives on it.
Sunny Hostin’s Perspective
Hostin’s fellow co-host Meghan McCain shared her experience of discovering a married work acquaintance’s husband on Tinder. The couple pretended to have a perfect marriage on social media, which led McCain to inform a group of friends. Joy Behar and Ana Navarro chimed in on the discussion, with Behar emphasizing that she would take action if it were her best friend, while Navarro jokingly offered to offer her partner “political protection” in the event of her infidelity.
Hostin’s perspective is clear: If it were a friend’s partner on a dating app, she would feel it necessary to share the information. It’s understandable why someone might feel compelled to tell their friend what they saw, as they would want to protect them from being hurt by their partner’s infidelity. It’s also important for people to recognize that there could be consequences to telling their friend, such as damaging the relationship between the couple or causing emotional distress.
Infidelity is unfortunately commonplace, with about a quarter of all marriages experiencing it. Men have a higher rate of infidelity than women, and it often occurs in marriages of 20 to 30 years. Studies have also shown that financial instability can contribute to adultery, and that divorced rates tend to be high after infidelity occurs.
Dating sites and social media have made it easier than ever for people to engage in secret romantic activity. 30% of Tinder users are married, and over 130 million people worldwide visit Ashley Madison each month.   One in three divorces now start as online affairs, and these marriages are lasting on average longer than those that begin offline.
Infidelity can have serious consequences, such as physical health effects and emotional trauma similar to PTSD. The pandemic may have increased the likelihood of infidelity due to heightened stress and limited access to traditional support networks, and it has complicated infidelity recovery due to limited access to healthcare resources and difficulties in establishing trust and forgiveness.
Overall, discovering a friend’s partner on a dating site is a tricky situation. There are no clear guidelines on what to do, as it depends on the individual circumstances and the closeness of the friendship. However, it’s important to remember that infidelity can have serious consequences, and it’s crucial to prioritize the emotional well-being of all parties involved.
Meghan Mccain’s Experience
Meghan’s experience is not uncommon, as infidelity occurs in about a quarter of all marriages. Emotional infidelity is more distressing to women, while men are more upset by sexual infidelity. Women tend to judge more behaviors as infidelity compared to men. Men and women have different reactions to infidelity due to evolutionary factors. Infidelity can lead to emotional reactions such as anger, betrayal, insecurity, shame, guilt, jealousy, and sadness. It can also result in depressive symptoms and lower self-esteem. Infidelity can cause trauma similar to PTSD and can result in symptoms  such as hyper vigilance, increased distress, and intrusive thoughts. Infidelity can lead to physical health consequences such as insomnia, weight loss, difficulty with concentration, and decreased appetite and libido. Infidelity can lead to suicidal ideation and suicidality in both victims and perpetrators.
The pandemic has complicated infidelity recovery due to limited access to healthcare resources, increased stress, and difficulties in establishing trust and forgiveness. Social media and dating apps have increased opportunities for infidelity. One in three divorces now start as online affairs. More than a third of U.S. marriages now begin online through dating sites and social media networks. On top of that, 30% of Tinder users are married, and 46% of online dating users have used Tinder. However, 42% of U.S. adults say online dating has made it easier to find a long-term partner, while 22% say it has made it harder. 
If you find your spouse on a dating site, it can be a difficult situation to navigate. Discussing with friends or a therapist might help you make a decision on how to handle the situation. It is important to remember that emotional reactions can be intense and that infidelity can lead to long-lasting trauma. Seeking help from a trained therapist is highly recommended. Personal dedication to the marriage and religion can be protective factors against infidelity. But overall, communication, forgiveness, and trust are key elements in any healthy relationship.
Co-hosts’ Consensus on the Issue
Sunny Hostin started the conversation by jokingly saying she would harm her husband if she found him on a dating app, but then clarified that she would want to know if it were someone else’s partner and would inform her friend. Joy Behar said that she would act if it were her best friend, while Ana Navarro joked about giving her own partner political protection in the event of infidelity. Ultimately, the co-hosts agreed that it depends on the closeness of the friendship and the specific circumstances of the situation.
It’s important to note that around 15-20% of married couples cheat , with the rate increasing with age. Infidelity plays a significant role in divorces, accounting for about 20-40 percent of them. Financial instability can also contribute to adulterous behavior. Cheating rates for unmarried couples are also high, with research indicating that unmarried people cheat at almost double the rate of married couples.
While the co-hosts agreed that it depends on the closeness of the friendship and the specific circumstances of the situation, it’s crucial to consider the potential consequences of infidelity and to prioritize honesty and communication in all relationships.
Men and women have different reactions to infidelity due to evolutionary factors. Women tend to judge more behaviors as infidelity compared to men. Emotional infidelity is more disturbing to women while men are more upset by sexual infidelity. 
Social media and dating platforms have increased opportunities for infidelity. According to a study, a 20% increase in Facebook enrollment was associated with a 2.18% to 4.32% increase in divorce rates. 
These statistics may not alleviate the pain if you discover your spouse’s suspicious behavior on a dating site. But, it is essential to recognize that you are not alone, and there are resources available to help couples navigate the aftermath of infidelity.
Educated, experienced, and licensed therapists are more confident and effective in treating infidelity. Personal dedication to the marriage and religion can be protective factors against infidelity.
If you do find yourself in a situation where you discover your spouse has a profile on a dating site, it is essential to take a moment to assess the situation before reacting. Seek support from trusted friends and professionals to help guide you through the process.
Remember that trust is a crucial aspect of any relationship, and it is possible to work through infidelity with dedication and commitment.
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