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  • Writer's pictureAngela Larimer

The Role of Modern Technology in Divorce Rates

Modern technology may be contributing to higher divorce rates. To consult with experienced Chicago divorce lawyers, call Larimer Law, LLC at 773-370-0600.

Many experts assert that modern technology may play a role in rising divorce rates. A growing number of divorces have resulted in part from spouses spending too much time texting, consuming various media, or browsing the internet. With added electronic and online connectivity comes isolation and detachment for many couples, leading to divorce in some cases.

There are several ways modern technology may harm relationships.

Less Time Spent with Partners

The more time a spouse spends using different technologies and devices, the less time they'll be spending with their partners. Even if a partner feels more connected online with people across the country or even the world, it may detract from real-life relationships and put their relationship with their partner at risk. Subsequently, while one partner may feel connected and engaged, the other may suffer from a sense of isolation and loneliness.

Financial Constraints

New technology, including the latest devices, can be expensive as much as they are addictive. As a result, many people spend a lot of money on new technology, even if they don't have the money to afford it. Spending too much on new technologies can then put couples in a tight spot on a financial level. This can lead to tension in the marriage, disagreements about family finances, and contribute to a divorce.

Reliance on Technology for Work

Many professionals who use computers and other technology for work may spend the entire workday or longer in front of their devices. In fact, a Nielsen audience report found that working adults spend more than 10 hours per day on their computers, which can be detrimental to their personal life. This can lead to less time spent with partners, eventually leading to a deterioration of their relationship.

Less Time for Going Out Together

Spending too much time on social media and other technological outlets can also prevent couples from practicing a healthy social life outside of the home. They may not spend as much time going out to restaurants, attending concerts or other shows, or participating in social activities. While couples may spend time together at home, they may grow bored with the inactivity beyond it.

While technology can be beneficial in many ways, excessive use can put marriages at risk in these and other ways if partners aren't careful.

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