A man in Dubai has divorced his wife after she ignored his WhatsApp messages to keep chatting with her friends. He claimed that she spent so much time on the phone that she neglected taking care of their child or looking after their home. The husband said he tried to remedy the situation by sending her text messages using WhatsApp, but she was too busy chatting with friends and family to answer his messages. The Gulf News quotes him as saying: “I sent her messages on WhatsApp and knew she had read them because of the latest update on the application, but still she didn’t answer me or acknowledge my messages.”
It does appear that the rise of social media and texting has taken a toll on some marriages. A recent study has found that frequenting social media sites such as Facebook is linked to a higher risk of divorce. “Results show that using social networking sites negatively correlated with marriage quality and happiness, and positively correlated with experiencing a troubled relationship and thinking about divorce,” say the researchers from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and Boston University’s College of Communication.