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Does technology make people give up on marriage?

Technology definitely makes life easier in many ways, and it puts far more information at your fingertips than was possible before. However, relationship coach David Wygant also believes that it could be increasing divorce rates by causing people to give up on their relationships, rather than working at them.

He notes a few different issues, one of which is the disconnect that technology creates. Face-to-face conversations aren't always necessary anymore. He mentioned the time his grandparents spent talking to one another and paying attention to one another, just like they did back in the 1940s. He says it's one reason their relationship is strong, while modern couples may not achieve that.

He also noted that the sheer amount of information available online may be a hindrance because it makes it easy to find people with the same viewpoint.

If a couple starts having trouble, for instance, one spouse may automatically decide on the reason for it. In the past, the two would then talk to friends, family members or professionals and get to the bottom of things.

Now they turn to search engines. He warns that that makes it easy for either spouse to simply find information that backs up their preconceived ideas, rather than looking for real advice and assistance. That, in turn, could make it easier for them to give up on the marriage.

Of course, this is just one opinion, and there are surely couples who feel that technology helped them. However, the statistics do confirm that the divorce rate remains high, for many reasons, and so it's very wise for couples to consider their legal rights during a split. This includes spousal support, child custody, child support and much more.

Source: Huffington Post, "Does Too Much Technology Cause Divorce?," David Wygant, accessed Feb. 16, 2017

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