If you know someone who doesn’t have a Facebook account, then they
are in a small majority. The world’s most popular social media site
estimates that around 80% of all Americans can be found on Facebook. Since
this high percentage is considering
all Americans, including children arguably too young to use social media, the
actual number of American adults on the site is about 75%.
With just about everyone staying connected through social media, Facebook
or otherwise, it really is no surprise that it has impacted all aspects
of our lives, including marriages. Although it is difficult to make a
direct connection, the nation’s divorce rate has remained steady
or has gradually climbed year after year since Facebook became a household
necessity. Is there something with social media connectivity that is harming
long-lasting relationships? Signs point to yes.
The Downside of Constant Vigilance
It seems that Facebook is not
causing breakups and
divorces per se. Indeed, it couldn’t be
directly responsible since it is just a social media website and smartphone app.
Instead, Facebook and other popular social media apps have made the tools
that lead to the end of relationships easier to get and frequently use
Namely, jealousy is the repeat offender married couples need to beware.
Facebook makes keeping a close eye on your significant other simple. With
check-ins, sign-ups, post statuses, and more, you don’t really need
to put in any effort to see what they are doing. Those who already have
an inclination to trust their loved ones take things a step further and
browse comments and likes on photographs, videos, posts, and so on. While
this constant vigilance might be construed as mere interest or a loving
protection, it is actually one of the many faces of jealousy. Given enough
time to essentially spy on their significant other, a jealous person
will find a reason to get upset and potentially end the relationship.
In the Public Eye
On the other hand, people who are not loyal to their relationships are
now more likely than ever to slip up and get caught thanks to social media.
Pictures, posts, and messages of infidelity can be accessed by nearly
anyone, even when accounts are switched to private. If Facebook has actually
caused a divorce for revealing a cheating husband or wife, it has probably been
for the better in the long run.
Have you decided it is time for a divorce based on what you’ve found
on social media? Talk to a Beverly Hills divorce attorney from Stolar
& Associates, A Professional Law Corporation. We can analyze the Facebook
posts or messages you may have uncovered to determine if they will prove
valuable to your divorce case, such as when you are pursuing
child custody or
property division. Just dial
email our office today to
start with a consultation.