Divorce Rates Soar…Online???Marybeth Sampsel
We are constantly faced with articles and stories about the divorce rate. So much so that nearly every American can quote the current divorce rate (about 50%) without skipping a beat. Amazingly, there is one place were the divorce/annulment rate has soared to 75% – the internet.
The hugely successful online role-playing game MapleStory recent reported that the divorce rate in cyberland is currently at about 75%. Nexon, the makers of MapleStory, recently reported that of the 26,982 in-game marriages (which cost $25.00 a pop, by the way) that took place this year, 20,344 ended in annulment/divorce.
Just like divorce in the real world, MapleStory players don’t divorce for free. An in-game divorce costs 500,000 Mesos (aka MapleStory money) and players must relinquish their wedding ring. Players must also wait ten days before marrying someone else.