Effect of Social Media on a Divorce

The Paramus Post

By Angela Sanders Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 12:14 AM EST
In years past most marital fights and indiscretions occurred behind closed doors, and after the fact there was no record of what had transpired. Today, with the increase of technology, things we say on cell phones, online, and even in the presence of cameras can be stored indefinitely and used against us years later. While advanced technology, including social media, has had a profound impact on nearly every aspect of our lives, it seems to be creating particular problems in the area of marriage and divorce.

Impact of Social Media on Marriages
Ten years ago if a person wanted to hook up with an old flame or start a casual romance they almost always had to physically leave their home to do it. The effort involved in straying from one's partner was much greater than it is today. With the click of a mouse, a disgruntled marriage partner can find another individual to connect to within minutes. Some people think connections made online are not technically cheating. Even for those who take this view, it's still unfortunate that many times online connections turn into physical affairs. By some estimates divorce has increased up to 20 percent during the previous 10 years because of social media.

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