Beware: You Can Catch A Divorce From Your Friends

If you are planning on making your marriage last, steer clear of divorced people. Yes—break out your gas mask, because a new study shows that divorce is highly contagious. Researchers found that having a close friend or co-worker who’s divorced increases your chances of getting divorced by 75 percent. Even knowing a friend of friend going through a divorce increases your chances of splitsville by 33 percent. Researchers call this phenomenon “divorce clustering.” So why is divorce so contagious? Watching friends go through a divorce is thought to make one look at their own relationship under a microscope. That and being surrounded by divorced folks lessens the stigma. Screw the swine flu; divorce is the new pandemic. [Daily Mail]