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The Impact Technology Has on Divorce

New developments in technology have made our lives easier in various ways. It’s easier to communicate with others and we can order groceries or control our appliances with our smartphone. However, more and more studies are showing that there may be a correlation between technology and divorce. Below our Redlands divorce lawyer shares how technology is impacting relationships.

Social Media

Everything from the way we interact and socialize is being altered by technology. Technology is at the forefront of most of our daily interactions. Our social lives are no longer centered around communication with our spouse and children. Today, many people go out not to socialize, but to share their “social experience.” Today, consumers want experiences that they can share with their friends on social media and sometimes they forget to share these moments with their loved ones.

Loss of Connection

Adults are spending an average of 23 hours a week texting. Although texting can be a significant way for many couples to communicate with each other, research indicates that texting gives us a “remote social connection” that differs from the intimacy present in phone calls. One study found that “Texters” were more likely to feel lonely than “Talkers.” As a result, this can cause a distorted connection between couples. One important form of this “intimacy” has a lot to do with the tone of voice and the duration of the conversation.


Time is important when you work all day on a computer and then come home and spend it scrolling through Facebook. Sadly, this is the norm for many couples and has led to major shifts in communication and a loss of together time. A Nielsen Company audience report indicates that adults spend an average of 10 hours and 39 minutes a day on the computer. This leaves just about enough time to drive home and take a shower. As a result, couples are losing valuable communication time that has several long-term consequences. This ultimately leads to an increase in the divorce rates of the country.

If you focus on freeing yourself from the chains of technology, you might see stronger growth in the communication between you and your spouse. Sometimes issues persist though, and problems can continue. If you need help looking at your options for ending your marriage, Law Office of Michael R. Young can assist.

Call (909) 315-4588 to speak to our Redlands divorce lawyers today.