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Social media and divorce

| May 1, 2014 | Divorce |

People all throughout Belleville, Illinois, and beyond rely on social media outlets to communicate and share content on both a personal and professional level. Not only do social media websites like Facebook and Twitter make it possible for families and friends to keep in touch but they also provide a way for strangers to connect. Given that such websites and online tools have been incorporated into so many lives and lifestyles, it only makes sense that they would also play a role in personal relationships. One recent study exploring the possible correlation between social media use and relationship issues like divorce contributes to the ever-expanding compensation of modern life and relationships in this country.

According to one Pew research study, relationship issues concerning the amount of time a partner spends online are more often reported by young adults. That is not to imply, however, that young people do not appreciate the value of online relationships; more than 40 percent of participants agreed that their own serious relationship benefited from talking online. Many also noted that online communication can aid in conflict resolution.

Interestingly, another survey found that some men opt to discuss their feelings on social media websites rather than share them with their significant other. And while experts and social media users alike continue to debate the merits and drawbacks of online communication, a recent study that was published in the Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking journal found that individuals who are more active on one particular social media site are more likely to experience significant relationship issues.

The author of the study suggests that significant Twitter use can ultimately result in infidelity and even divorce, as relationship conflicts over social-media use escalate.

Source: Time, “Study Claims People Who Frequently Use Twitter May Be More Likely to Cheat and Get Divorced,” Olivia B. Waxman, April 7, 2014

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