Alongside the internet dating revolution, these “playfairs” are evidence of a potentially dramatic shift in British marriage.
As dating websites open up a global shop window of sexual possibilities, as life expectancy continues to rise and we become increasingly sexually aware, how can we still take the crushing old rules of fidelity, that turn marriage into a prison, for granted?
So why have modern British couples resisted for so long and are they finally ready for this new 21st‑century approach to marriage? Even as religion has lost its influence, Britain has remained coy about openly embracing sex for pleasure, stubbornly conflating sexuality with procreation.
There is also the army of therapists and counsellors who continue to pedal their own secret agenda of enforced exclusive monogamy.
It’s time to start honing our seduction skills and join the playground.