There are many reasons to seek a divorce. One of the reasons that experts
have studied and verified is that there seems to be a correlation between
the number of hours per day that a person stays on social media and the
rate of divorce. They are quick to add that this is just a part of the
reason for divorce, not the whole reason.
The people who researched this phenomenon published their findings in a
July 2014 edition of a scholarly periodical. They purport that a 20 percent
increase in the number of hours of social media use saw a 4 percent increase in the
divorce rate of any one state over the following year.
While they could not say what age group created the most social media accounts,
younger or older, they did see a trend upward across Arizona and the rest
of the U.S. In other words, it may not have been those with a new social
media account who were getting a divorce. It could just be a correlation.
In an additional survey of people across America who were aged 18 through
39, there was a relationship that linked social media use to the quality
of the marriages being surveyed. The people who spent more time on Twitter
or Facebook appeared to be less happy in their marriages than those who
It could be that those who are already unhappy in their unions took to
social media after the unhappiness began. They may have been contemplating
divorce already and turned to the web as an outlet.
Because people use Facebook to talk about their problems with their friends
and can connect with old associates, it would seem that this may assist
them as a distraction. Additional research is needed to prove this theory.
At the end of the day, however, we all have the ability to turn the computer
off and face our problems head-on.
If you are contemplating a divorce, it may be wise to discuss your plans
with a professional who can assist you in the legal realm. He or she can
be a valuable asset at a time like this.
Source: Time Magazine, "Don’t blame Facebook for your divorce" Eliana Dockterman, Jul. 21, 2014