In a survey, half of male respondents said they’re tempted most by sex and 56% of women revealed that they are tempted by food. The annual Harlequin Romance Report 2010 explores the good, the bad, and the ugly side of temptation.
According to the report, a whopping 48% of Americans surveyed reveal that they have peeked at a colleague’s pay stub, admitting that they have given in to temptation and crossed the line to satisfy their curiosity.
“In today’s information-obsessed society and hyper-competitive job market, we know that people are willing to go to great lengths to get their hands on any ‘perceived dirt’ they know they’re not supposed to have,” said Michelle Renaud, senior manager, Public Relations, Harlequin Enterprises, a leading publishers of women’s fiction.
Via a global online survey, says Harlequin, men and women around the world revealed how far they are willing to go when tempted and those indulgences they could not live without, even during tough economic times.
Highlights of the American survey results include:
- Forty percent of Americans surveyed believe that lusting after someone other than their partner is completely harmless.
- Almost half of American men (43%) have been tempted to hook up with a friend’s significant other.
- Twenty percent of American women surveyed admitted to taking money from their significant other’s wallet without their knowledge.
- Fifteen percent of male respondents and 10% of female respondents admitted to sabotaging a co-worker out of jealousy.
- While half of male respondents (50%) are tempted most by sex, 56% of women revealed that they are tempted by food first and foremost.
Harlequin’s survey also revealed that buying books was the number one temptation most (75%) Americans could not resist during the 2009 recession – sacrificing vacations, shopping sprees, dining out, and going to the movies.
The survey was conducted online by Harlequin between September 17, 2009 and October 4, 2009. It was open to all adults over the age of 18.