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Divorce Is Contagious

Science Says Divorce Is Contagious

Ever feel like everyone you know is breaking up? Results from a 60-year study reveal that when a couple gets divorced, friends, family, or co-workers have a better chance of joining them. What fun is a divorce party if you're the only single person there anyway?

When friends break up, other couples begin to question their own relationships. And divorce in the same social circle reduces the stigma associated with it. But you can catch the breakup bug from people other than your friends — if a co-worker, family member, or someone else you are directly connected to gets divorced, you are 75 percent more likely to be divorced too.

Have breakups or divorces ever come in waves among your friends or family?

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chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Yes. My dad has four sisters, three of whom all got divorced within about a 5 year timespan, and the fourth sister was very close to getting divorced as well.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I just realized that there is no divorce on my mom's side of the family, none on my dad's side. No divorce in my boyfriend's family that I know of. I guess we stand a good chance?
amber512 amber512 7 years
Pretty much everyone I know is still together.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
No, not right now, but it makes sense. Herd mentality.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 7 years
In the last year two of my moms co-workers got divorced along with her best friend. Also one of my dads friends is getting divorced. My parents are also now going through a divorce.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Yes. However, so far, my husband and I are still together. The irony is that we married the earliest (among our social circles), and we're still standing. Incidentally, we don't have children either. One would think that with children a marriage may be more binding, so to speak, but indeed not necessarily.
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