A new study from China says social media is to blame for rising divorce rates in that country.
The divorce rate in China has been steadily rising since 2004, according to statistics from the Ministry of Civil Affairs. In 2012, 3.1 million couples divorced, or 23.4 per cent of the population, compared to 4.7 per cent in 1979. The rate was close to or over 30 pc in Beijing, Tianjin, Guangzhou and other big cities in 2013.
Couples surveyed for the study, published in Chinese magazine Banyuetan, said the presence of social media in their lives had not brought them closer and in some cases, had made matters worse bringing the relationship to an end.