There are some scary statistics about divorce in all western cultures not just America though the infographic below from dailyinfographic.com paints the picture in the U.S. with startling clarity.
My view is that you shouldn’t let the statistics get to you too much. Simply use them as motivation to make the effort to keep your own marriage healthy and thriving.
Even if everyone you know is getting divorced, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a happy and successful marriage.
Although on second thoughts, statistically, it’s better to mix with other happy couples to lower your chances of divorce!
Over to you: Are you surprised by any of the statistics in the Divorce In America infographic? Why do you think so many couples get divorced? Please share in the comments below.
I wonder how much our evolving culture is responsible for or caused by divorce rates now – general human rights may factor into how much the state of marriage works – but women’s rights in specific probably factor into it too.
Jenn Alex Brockman recently posted…Video Review of Disney Princess Palace Pets Color and Sticker book
Thanks for your comment Jenn.There are lots of factors I think including the acceptability of divorce in society, higher expectations for marriage (and life in general) and women being more able to fend for themselves financially.
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A couple of these were real surprises – such as you are more likely to become divorced if you have a daughter rather than a son (still pondering that) and why optometrists have such low divorce rates, along with transit police. Most of the states with low divorce rates are not surprising – my guess is, religious reasons (i.e. high Catholic populations in NY, NJ and MA) – I’ve read where the divorce % of Catholics in the United States is around 21% compared to the much higher general population.
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I’m not sure how that happens either with the daughters. Maybe mothers envy their daughters carefree lifestyle or something like that or she has inbuilt support from her daughter to plug the gap from her divorced husband so she’s not quite so fearful of being alone. Lots of mystery in those statistics for various jobs too. Who would have thought some of those would make a significant difference. Thanks for your comment Alana.
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Unfortunately one major cause for divorce which was not included on the infographic is when you are faced with raising kids with special needs. It can be very taxing. My son has autism, not severe thankfully but me and my husband while having rough patches worked through it. Life is much easier than it was when my son was younger though. However you hear of divorces happening all the time in autism communities. Very sad.
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Thanks for sharing Miriam. All marriages have stresses and strains for sure but I think the more severe the stress (and a child who is ill is certainly one of the most serious) the more the strength of your marriage is tested. It’s not always easy to support someone else when you are needing so much support yourself and having to give so much to your child. Plus we have all those happily ever after expectations and even if we know there will be ups and downs we don’t expect to deal with a child with severe problems, so there’s the disillusionment factor too. Great that you got through all that.
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i read some stats that Facebook is the leading cause of divorce right now, its sad
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I heard that too – old flames and new friendships popping up right, left and center. But I don’t think we can entirely blame Facebook. I don’t think it’s going to come and whip away my marriage from under me (at least I hope not anyway). Infidelity is always about the individuals and/or the relationship and why one of the two decides to stray.
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Good to see that Zsa Zsa finally met the man of her dreams. It may have taken 9 marriages, but it proves there’s a soul mate out there for anyone. 🙂
I’m surprised at the amount of divorces, but I would think that abuse and infidelity are higher on the list than no communication.
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Or maybe Zsa Zsa was just trying the “if at first you don’t succeed” route LOL That list of top reasons for divorce was quite surprising. I actually worry that abuse is higher than infidelity if you look at the statistics on being unfaithful. I’m not sure what survey that list came from (it’s not clear from the source) so another list might be different. Thanks for your comment Bonnie.
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