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Has technology destroyed your marriage?

Technology is often a constant companion, perhaps even more than one's spouse is. It is not unusual for someone to sit for eight to 10 hours in front of a computer at work only to come home and spend the rest of the evening scrolling through social media or browsing on the internet. If this sounds like your marriage, you may not be surprised if the communication between you and your spouse has broken down.

While technology in our homes and in our hands has improved the lives of many, it has ruined the marriages of others. In fact, some studies show that there is a direct correlation between the use of technology and the rate of divorce in Washington and across the country. If your marriage is struggling, you may want to examine the amount of time you and your spouse spend on your computers and phones.

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Statistically, more women file for divorce than men, and recent research shows a rising divorce rate among younger couples. Additionally, the reason for divorce is more often related to the amount of commitment one or both partners has to technology over the success of their relationship. Since younger couples tend to use technology more regularly, it is logical that the divorce rate for those under age 40 would be high. You may be among those who are seeing red flags that indicate technology may be damaging your marriage, including:

  • Time spent using devices at home surpasses the time you spend in conversation.
  • You and your spouse no longer do other things as a couple, such as going to the movies or spending time with friends, because of the amount of time one or both of you is online.
  • You or your spouse express jealousy over the amount of time spent or the contacts the other partner makes on social media.
  • You feel lonely for human interaction even when your spouse is home.
  • One or both partners prefer spending time on social media over communicating with each other.
  • You or your spouse pay whatever it costs to have the latest technological device even if you are struggling financially or disagree about how to spend the money.

These are just a few of the ways in which technology impacts some marriages, and it may hit close to your home, too. You may be wondering about your options for a fresh start and the most peaceful and stress free way to end the marriage. For sound advice and guidance, you can reach out to a family law attorney in Washington.

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