Does Social Media Contribute to Divorce Rates?

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Family Law | 0 comments

Does Facebook really cause divorce? It seems likely – and it may not just be Facebook, as recent studies have suggested the link between the heavy use of social media and the rate of divorce not only in the United States but around the world. According to a study published in the Computers in Human Behavior July 2014 edition, data seems to give evidence of lower marital satisfaction and increased divorce rates corresponding to heavy use of Facebook and other social media sites. Earlier studies, reported in 2011 in Austin, Texas, have also discovered the correlation: of those who have thought of leaving their partners, 32 percent are heavy users of social media and only 16 percent don’t use them. These studies may support the connection between the use of social media and the increasing rates of divorce.

Extramarital affairs have become very easy because of the availability and quick access online. The presence of Facebook, Snapchat, and other social media sites have made it simple to find distraction to an already unhappy relationship (whether it is with the partner or primarily with life), and although they don’t directly encourage cheating they do make it more tempting and uncomplicated. Sadly, having extramarital relationships can have a serious effect on the divorce proceedings, especially if it has been included in the prenuptial agreement. Prenuptial agreements help establish and protect both spouses in an event of separation or divorce, and the website of the Law Offices of Kirker Davis says that those who are wishing to make prenuptial agreements to consult with a lawyer in order to make the agreement fair and legal. Nevertheless, despite having a prenuptial agreement, going through divorce because of online cheating is still a difficult thing to go through, especially if one spouse has been caught having extramarital affairs.

Despite the evidence, however, the studies are still not conclusive: it is still not determined whether the considerable use of social media sites and divorce is indeed a correlation and not causation. It may still require further research to fully determine how each affect the other, but it has already been known that social media has been a factor in divorce. According to the website of Holmes, Diggs & Sadler there’s been a rise of 80 percent in divorces that are related to social media. Hiring a lawyer who can help you through this difficult time is vital in making sure you can start your life without any issues from the past.

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