Facebook has become a norm in today’s society. It is a social network
site that makes the world a smaller place by bringing people together
through a digital medium. The social media site has become a space for
individuals to share memories, daily events, and monumental news. However,
Facebook has also become a space of contention that may drive couples apart.
The Journal of Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking recently
released a new study examining the correlation between Facebook use and
relationship stability. Russell Clayton, MA, Alexander Nagurney, Ph.D.,
and Jessica Smith, MA published their research in an article titled, “Cheating,
Breakup, and Divorce: Is Facebook Use to Blame?” They examined 205
Facebook users between the ages of 18 through 82. Of that number, 79%
were in a romantic relationship.
The study found that people who used Facebook more than once in an hour
were more likely to experience greater conflict in the relationship. Participants
reported feelings of suspicion and jealousy that arose while their partners
used the social networking platform. Facebook allows users to reignite
old friendships, which can include exes.
Many couples cited communication between their partners and exes as a source
of great anxiety. The research found that Facebook acted as a medium for
individuals to emotionally and physically cheat on their spouse. The study
also showed a direct correlation between divorce and Facebook use.
In a survey conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, statistics
revealed that four out of five lawyers used evidence from social media
sites during a divorce trial.
At James D. Madden, Attorney at Law, we understand how devastating it can
be to learn your spouse was unfaithful. With the rise of Facebook, it
has become more common. If you want a divorce because your partner cheated,
our Rancho Cucamonga divorce attorneys can help. Contact us today to schedule
a free consultation.