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Does Internet adds to the list of causes for marital issues

A women in India (Telugu couple) recently approached the family court seeking divorce insisting that she cannot trust her husband after he failed to announce their marriage on the website. Her husband has single profile on facebook. This couple had an arranged marriage just two months ago and the case was filed in the Aurangabad court where the woman apparently lives.

In 2008 a British couple were set to divorce after wife finds her husband’s alter-ego chatting affectionately with a woman in the virtual world, Second Life (the brainchild of American company Linden Lab).

These are though reported incidents but, it does raises the role of Internet in our lives. Let me take you through two recent studies.

According to counselling organisations in the US, chat rooms are the fastest-rising cause of relationship breakdowns. In-depth interviews with 76 men and 10 women, aged 25 to 66 were conducted, who used Yahoo’s “Married and Flirting” or Microsoft’s “Married But Flirting” Internet chat rooms. Both the chat rooms are specifically geared for married couples. The participants in the study included stay-at-home mothers, construction workers, engineers, nurses and presidents of large corporations.

Another study by Todd D. Kendall published September 2010 (Journal of Family and Economic Issues: The Relationship Between Internet Access and Divorce Rate) found that there is no evidence of an increase of divorce due to Internet activity. This study admits that internet has affected search costs related to romantic partners. However says this would not necessarily increase divorce propensity.

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