Many people go about their daily routines giving little or no thought to their marriage or relationship.
Then one day something happens....
Their frequency raises and they can no longer exist in a world with the wrong person, making them feel stifled ...
Someone in their group of friends, co-workers, or family divorce ---> Divorce Clustering.
Here's an example ... if everyone is going to school, you consider that option. If everyone is getting a tattoo, you consider getting one. We are always considering this and that, including leaving our partners and getting a divorce.
Divorce is contagious -- any divorce causes a ripple effect through families, friends, Facebook, and sometimes work colleagues. Divorce is complicated in the best of situations, involving lots of emotional and physical energy, not to mention money.
Current research has found a direct link between knowing divorced people and the risks to a marriage. Dr. Rose McDermott of Brown University reports that it is a "person to person effect" and that the full network shows that participants are 75% more likely to be divorced if a person - obviously other than their spouse that they are directly connected to is divorced. The size of the effect for people at two degrees of separation, for example the friend of a friend, is 33%. At three degrees the effect disappears.
Dr. McDermott and her team found an increase of divorce rates among family members and co-workers increased the odds of a marriage ending. The researchers also found a 22% increased chance of divorce if a sibling had divorced. Couples with children were reportedly less susceptible to being influenced toward divorce. The study concluded that the number of divorced people a person knows leads to an increased risk in his or her own marriage. The phenomenon has been aptly titled "divorced clustering".
Divorce is contagious and can spread like a virus, new research suggests. The bad feelings and heated emotions that surround a marital split spreads like a disease, infecting couples with up to two degrees of separation from the rift, psychologists and sociologists from three prestigious universities report. The researchers have called it ‘divorce clustering’ and found that a split up between immediate friends increases a person’s own chances of of getting divorced by 75 per cent.
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