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Social media can compromise marital bliss

There’s no doubt that the institution of marriage has changed significantly over the past few generations. Modern couples continue to define what marriage means to them, and many throughout the state of Texas and beyond incorporate new social standards and devices into their marriages. Recent findings suggest, however, that some modern practices may be doing more harm to marriages than good.

Researchers with two universities that worked together on a recent study introduced theories to help explain their findings. For one thing, they claimed that social media websites can serve as platforms by which to initiate extramarital affairs. And in cases where couples are already in the process of divorcing, websites like Facebook can fuel emotions and propel proceedings.

Such explanations were offered in connection with the publication of the study, which suggests that there is a correlation between divorce rates and Facebook use across the country. Not only did the researchers consider data that looked at the use of social networking sites and happiness in marriage but they also compared population statistics regarding Facebook accounts and divorce rates. And while the statistics varied slightly from model to model, the authors of the study found that divorce rates in different states increased slightly with a 20 percent increase in Facebook accounts over a one-year period.

Despite the fact that the researchers did claim that more studies were necessary before a causal relationship could be suggested, married couples all across the country may have their own experiences to help them interpret the study results. Social media websites can and do influence divorce proceedings every day. An experienced attorney can help people understand the significance of Facebook and other websites in the divorce process.

Source: CNBC, “Social networking linked to divorce, marital unhappiness,” Everett Rosenfeld, July 8, 2014

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