A Growing Source of Marriage Problems: Internet Usage

The number of couples seeking guidance for marriage problems involving "use of the internet" has increased by almost 90 percent in just two years, Catholic marriage counseling service, Accord, has said.

"The four main problems associated with internet use are work, playing games on the internet, using pornography, and online gambling," according to Accord national director Ruth Barror.

"While these figures are coming from quite a low base, it suggests that people are seeking a distraction from other worries, particularly money worries," she said.

The areas listed by clients as causing most problems were communication, stress and sexual intimacy. Accord provided more than 40,000 counselling sessions last year, Ms. Barror said. "This highlights the fact that more couples are choosing to engage the assistance of professionals to work through difficulties that arise in their relationships."

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