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Studies: Social media taking a negative toll on relationships

Social media has been criticized for its ability to seemingly disconnect people from reality while at the same time connecting them with people across the world. In Illinois and across the country, many people use social networks without thinking about the effect it could have on a marital relationship. However, a recent survey suggests that online chatting is not as innocent as it may seem and can actually destroy marriages.

According to a report from CBS Chicago, a local woman admitted to spending four to five hours a day on Facebook instead of enjoying time with her husband and children. She even reconnected with an old flame, which bothered her spouse. Eventually, the marriage fell apart, and the woman blames her so-called addiction to social media for it.

Several recent studies support the theory that social media can play a role in the end of a marriage. Slater and Gordon Lawyers surveyed 2,000 married Britons and learned that 25 percent stated that they argue over social media at least once a week. Even more shockingly, 17 percent admitted to having such fights at least once a day. Many of the couples reported that they would take a spouse’s behavior on social networks into account when considering the future of their relationship.

A Censuswide survey estimates that social media plays a role in roughly one in seven divorces. No matter what the circumstances are surrounding the turmoil in a relationship, it is important for anyone considering a separation or divorce to consult with an attorney.

Source: Inquisitr, “One In Seven Divorces Caused By Social Media: Is Your Marriage in Trouble?” May 12, 2015

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