Facebook’s Role in the National Divorce Rate
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 than ever.
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 310.984.1411 or email our office today to start with a consultation.