Facebook is fuelling divorce rates and aiding the single, says Horst Hummel of Tenerife

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According to J. Horst Hummel, a Spanish born marriage councillor based in Tenerife, the steady rise in popularity of social networks such as Facebook, is actually contributing to a rapid rise in divorce rates Europe wide.

Around 80% of divorce attorneys were of the opinion that the number of individuals who use social networking sites to engage with others is rapidly increasingly, whilst Facebook fuelled break ups are equally on the up.

According to J. Horst Hummel, a Spanish born marriage councillor based in Tenerife, the steady rise in popularity of social networks such as Facebook, is actually contributing to a rapid rise in divorce rates Europe wide.

Speaking from his practice in Tenerife, Horst Hummell claims that “Facebook is a really good way to keep in touch with relatives, loved ones and friends, and staying in touch with their day to day lives”.

In support of Horst Hummel’s stark opinions, Mark Kennam, Director of Divorce-Online, told the Telegraph "If I'm talking to one person five times a week vs. another person one time a week, you don't need a fancy psychological degree to conclude I'm more likely to fall in love with the person I talk to five times a week," clinical psychologist Steven Kimmons, Ph.D. told ScienceBlog. "I have more contact with that person. We're coming across it more and more."

Horst Hummel of Tenerife also believes that the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers were right in their predictions that around 80% of divorce attorneys were of the opinion that the number of individuals who use social networking sites to engage with others is rapidly increasingly, whilst Facebook fuelled break ups are equally on the up.

Host Hummel does however stress that he is isn’t implying that divorce rates are all down to social networks such as Facebook, and in actual fact, Horst Hummell, also the co founder of a UK based internet agency drops the bomb shell that he himself actually met his future wife through a social network, although he fails to suggest which one.

“I had set up a profile on a popular networking space to promote my business activities and one beautiful young lady, who I hasten to add, was never a client, got in touch. That’s that really.” said Horst Hummel.

Shifting social cultures

Although a different kettle of fish to social networking, online dating (among other internet agencies) is becoming more and more accepted by today’s society and many argue that Facebook and other popular social networks are extensions of these- and free. Although not it’s primary use the very nature of Facebook and its interactive features makes it the ideal platform for like minded to get in touch with one another.

Host Hummel claims that we have already become reliant on the web for knowledge, and that we’re now beginning to see it as a medium to meet others and online dating has been popular for some years.

“Whilst this may seem like a digression for my point about divorce” says Horst Hummel, it’s all intrinsically linked because ‘unhappily married’ men and women are now given a platform to meet others from home and therein lie the arguable route to increased discontent within a marriage as the respective partner begins to communicate with others who do seem to have more in common and so the problem worsens.”

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