BrandArena: Experts blame social media for high divorce rate in UAE

Tuesday 31 March 2015

Experts blame social media for high divorce rate in UAE

The UAE during 2011-2013 recorded the highest divorce rate in the region. With more than 12,000 divorce cases within the three years and experts believe the embracement of social network is one of the major reasons for the high rate.

Figures by the National Statistics Centre for 2011-2013 showed there were 12,279 divorces and more than a third of them were recorded in 2013, with 4,233 cases.

During that year, divorces between Emirati couples stood at 1,749 and Abu Dhabi emirate, the largest and richest member of the UAE, accounted for nearly 71 per cent, with 810 cases, according to the report.

According to a report, published in the Dubai-based Emarat Al Youm daily, Dubai had the second highest rate with 355 cases, followed by Sharjah with 224 cases.

The publication quoted the experts as saying authorities should act to tackle this serious problem, which has made the UAE one of the countries having the highest divorce rates in the world relative to its native population.

“Social experts warned of the steady rise in divorces in the UAE. They noted the negative effects of the social networks on marital life and the local community,” it said.

“Authorities should move to solve this problem which is seriously affecting the local society.

"One of the solutions is to organize regular awareness and education programmes to spouses and offer incentives to working wives,” one expert said.

Other major causes of the divorces include unfaithfulness, a wide gap in educational levels between spouses and interference by the couple’s families.

1 comment:

  1. I don't think social media has a big impact on divorce rates. Most marriages fall apart due to the fact that the decision to marry was made too hasty. So my husband and I happened. We hastened to legalize our relationship, and after a while we realized that we had done so in vain. We tried to fix everything, but nothing worked. We then found a site in order to divorce ourselves without resorting to lawyers and quietly and peacefully parted. The second time I will not rush anywhere.