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How Social Media Could Hurt Your Marriage

Nov 07, 2013

stress.jpgSocial media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google and others are great for connecting with others. They provide many benefits for businesses, families and singles. However these can be some very dangerous, as well.

When a site, such as Facebook, goes from a place to share pictures of your new born baby, chat about sports and connect with family, to a place to vent about things happening in your life, it becomes an issue.

Studies have shown that avid Facebook users are more likely to cheat on their partners. Part of the issue is, sites like Facebook make it very easy to find and connect with past partners, along with find and connect with new partners. This often leads to cheating away from just the internet and can lead to divorce.

The more likely a couple is to engage in a conflict through social media, the more likely they are to divorce. Another part of this ugly equation involves how often an avid Facebook user looks at their partner's activity. This can lead to jealousy, arguments and many other issues. Emotional cheating becomes easier, but so does physical cheating.

Social media is more likely to lead to divorce within in the first three years of the relationship. Longer relationships tend to involve partners not using Facebook as often or using just one account together, as a family.

Many studies have linked Facebook to divorce including a report published in the New York Daily News in 2001. This report found that Facebook was named as a part of the reason the couple divorced in over 30% of the cases studied.

Since Michigan is a no-fault state, you cannot claim Facebook or any other social media site as the reason for your divorce. However, frequent use of these sites can lead to the end of your marriage.

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