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Hard day at the office? Study reveals divorce risks

By October 17, 2018October 28th, 2021No Comments

There’s been a stir over the findings of a Danish study which were released last week and appear to indicate that the ratio of males to females in a workplace can play a role in divorce.

The findings, published in the journal Biology Letters, come after Stockholm University researchers crunched data all of the individuals in Denmark who married opposite-sex spouses between 1981 and 2002 and actively worked during any of those years, and discovered that relationships become less stable if there are many opportunities to meet a new partner at work. That’s kind of a no-brainer, you might think: being surrounded by members of the opposite sex would seem to obviously increase the chances of infidelity occurring and consequently marital breakdowns. The real surprise is that there are gender differences and this effect only really holds true for men, with the Danish data showing the breakups happened mostly when men were in a workplace with a lot of women.

“Results indicate than an abundance of partners of the opposite sex in one’s occupational sector is more strongly associated with higher risk of divorce for men, especially those with high education, while for highly educated women, the association is weak or non-existing,” the researchers write.

In an attempt to explain the data, the researchers suggest that people may tend to partner with those who have a similar education level and work in the same field as they do. If there are many people who fit those criteria at your workplace, this may simply be too tempting.

Other clear trends which didn’t relate to the sex ratio issue were also revealed:

For example, the divorce rate was 40 percent lower for individuals that got married after age 40 than it was for those who got married between the age of 16 and 22. People who lived outside of Copenhagen had a 30 percent lower divorce risk, and highly educated people had about half the divorce risk of those with a lower education.

Those associated with the highest risk of divorce for both men and women were the hotel, restaurant, and ‘manpower’ sectors, while those that had the lowest risk of divorce for both men and women were the farming, pharmaceutical, and library sectors.

Since the data is specific to Danish people, it’s not clear whether the findings would be replicated in other countries and cultures.

Elsewhere, in the UK, the popular game Fortnite has also been blamed as a cause of divorce. A UK online divorce website has revealed that the game was cited in at least 200 divorce petitions filed via their site this year, representing around 5% of the divorce petitions they received. The website claims to be one of the UK’s largest filers of divorce petitions and therefore regards the finding as likely to be more widely representative of trends.

But rather than being a feature of one specific video game, experts say it’s more likely that the underlying issue here is that addiction—whether to drugs, gambling or in this case, gaming—is often the culprit for relationship breakdowns.

Sources: Inverse, Fortune

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