Does Using Facebook Lead to Divorce?

By Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C.Family Law Attorney

Have you noticed decreased satisfaction within your marriage since social media applications started becoming popular? Conflict in a family 3

It should come as no surprise that social media outlets like Facebook, which allows people to talk to others privately, could affect marriage and encourage infidelity.

According to WTOP-TV, a study in the July 2014 issue of the Journal Computers in Human Behavior has concluded, “heavy use of Facebook and other social media sites plays a significant role in marital dissatisfaction and divorce.”

The news outlet reported that there is data showing that Facebook use is correlated with reduced marital satisfaction and divorce rates. However, authors of the study said that they were not sure if the social media outlet is helping or hindering marriages, as there is no direct evidence that the dissatisfaction in the marriages studied was created solely because of Facebook.

“We don’t know whether Facebook is causing divorce or divorce is causing the use of Facebook,” Sebastian Valenzuela, co-author of the study and assistant professor in the School of Communications at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, said, according to WTOP.

According to WTOP, a previous study by the University of Texas showed that “32 percent of heavy social media users have thought seriously about leaving their spouses, versus 16 percent of people who don’t use social networks.”

How Do I Divorce My Spouse?

It is interesting that social media may play a role in furthering tensions between unhappy spouses. Earlier this year, a study cited by TIME indicated that people who are active on Twitter are more likely to be involved in confrontations that may lead to infidelity and divorce.

If your marriage is on the rocks and you are thinking about leaving your spouse, you will need to work out issues involving the division of marital assets, child custody and alimony for your divorce case.

Let our attorneys help you if you are thinking about divorcing your husband or wife. Our family law offices in New York or New Jersey can be reached through our online contact form.

Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C. – Rockland County Divorce Attorneys


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