Social media fallout: Conservative Saudi society reports one divorce every 10 minutes

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 Riyadh: Saudi Arabia is reporting one divorce every 10 minutes, thanks to social media.

According to the data of the Saudi General Authority for Statistics, 57,595 divorce papers were issued during the last months of 2020, an increase of 12.7 percent, compared to 2019.

Social networking sites have emerged as a major reason for the increase in these divorce rates in Saudi society.

In a statement to the Arabic daily `Al Youm’, lawyer Dakhil Al Dakhil indicated that the number of divorce cases increased during the last 10 years, specifically since 2011, from only 9,233 cases in 2010 to 34,000 in 2011, to continue to rise during these years to 57,000 in 2020.

This year’s reports indicated that “there are seven divorce cases every hour in the Kingdom, 3 cases against 10 marriage contracts,” he added

Al Dakhil attributed the increasing number of divorce cases between spouses in Saudi society are due to the increase in the complexities of contemporary life, and the high cost of living, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, which began in 2019 and caused a noticeable increase in prices, in addition to social media, which has become playing an important role.

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