Researchers find possible link between divorce, Facebook

| May 8, 2014 | Family Law |

Facebook and other social media networks have become a ubiquitous part of life for many spouses in Michigan. While keeping in touch with old friends and extended family members may seem innocent, it may be that when it comes to Facebook there can be too much of a good thing.

Research recently published in “Computers in Human Behavior,” has revealed that there may be a link between divorce and social media consumption, particularly the usage of Facebook. The research studied data and statistics at the state-level spanning from 2008 to 2010. They found that the divorce rate rose by 2.18 percent annually when there was at least a 20 percent increase of the number of people in the state with a Facebook account.

In addition, a survey performed by the University of Texas dating from 2011 to 2012 revealed that the more time spouses spent on social media networks, the more likely they were to report dissatisfaction in their marriage. It is possible that the high usage of Facebook could lead to feelings of jealousy or abandonment. In addition, it is also possible that people may turn to Facebook for support should their marriage be troubled.

In the end, it remains unsettled whether a high usage of Facebook leads to a dissatisfactory marriage or whether a dissatisfactory marriage drives spouses to use Facebook more; however, researchers maintain that it is possible that both theories may be correct.

As this shows, there are usually many reasons behind a couple’s decision to divorce. However, divorce can be seen not just as the end of a marriage, but also as a new beginning. That being said, when it comes to divorce there are many decisions that need to be made. In addition to deciding who gets to keep the house, vehicles and other property, couples may be facing issues such as spousal support, child custody and child support. All of these decisions need careful consideration in order to reach the best possible solution.

Source: Pacific Standard, “Facebook, Twitter Usage Linked to Higher Divorce Rates,” Tom Jacobs, May 2, 2014

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