Video games causing more divorces?

June 1, 2011
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Perhaps you’ve heard or read the news story in which a United Kingdom website says video game addiction is being cited in 15 percent of divorce cases in the UK. Divorce Online says its survey examined unreasonable behavior petitions filed by women this year and in 15 percent of those cases, the women complained their husbands would rather play video games than pay attention to them. News reports say that the website claims this is up 10 percent as compared to last year.

It is worth pointing out that the research only examined 200 unreasonable behavior petitions filed by women. But it is interesting that these women would specifically cite video games as why they want a divorce.

People typically get divorced because they are unhappy in their marriage. They may escape this unhappiness through various outlets – affairs, spending more time with friends, new hobbies, and of course, video games. There have also been numerous news stories out there in recent years about how Facebook is destroying marriages.

To the divorce attorneys out there, how often do spouses cite video game habits as a reason they want a divorce?

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