The Daily Mail unleashed one of their typically ridiculous headlines over the weekend, this one reading "Divorce is contagious: Why there is a 75% chance your marriage will fail if your friends split."
Uh huh. With that kind of thinking, if you have a friend who’s been divorced, it’s over for you. Well, that takes care of every marriage in the world.
Of course, as with everything they run, the Mail’s headline is misleading. It’s a 75% increase in the likelihood of a breakup. Still, that’s a terrifying figure.
The researchers describe the effect as ‘divorce clustering’ – and believe that break-ups within friendship groups force couples to start questioning their own relationships.
They say that a friend’s divorce can also reduce the social stigma of splitting up, even when children are involved.
The findings come from a continuing study into the lives of more than 12,000 Americans living in the New England town of Framingham since 1948.
Look, I grew up near Framingham. That’s Framingham. Don’t worry, people, your marriages will keep on truckin’.