Think Before You Click: How Social Media Affects Marriage and Divorce

by 48 Minutes | Tuesday, Sep 11, 2018 | 205 views

wooden blocks with logos of social media platformsSocial media has played a big role in changing relationships, making it easy to communicate with family members, to re-connect with old-time friends, and to end a marriage. Many studies recently point to the fact that social networking sites could affect marital relationships negatively. Furthermore, if you’re going through a divorce, loitering around Facebook may just put your child custody and alimony appeals in danger.

What the Stats Say

According to a study published in Journal of Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, people who are frequently on Facebook are more likely to reach out to previous partners, resulting in “physical and emotional cheating,” frequent fights with their present partners, and eventually, break up or divorce. Researchers said that such negative effects are common in new relationships (three years or less).

In addition to being a contributor to divorce, social media can blow up the divorce proceeding itself. Many cases in Utah involve social media networking sites. For instance, the photos you publish give an insight on the people you usually spend time with. Your future ex-spouse can use these to build a case about an extramarital affair. In cases where a partner posts a celebratory status about job promotion, the other party uses this as leverage to discredit one’s credibility about the previously claimed financial status.

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According to divorce lawyers, social media content can be used as evidence in courts because it doesn’t violate privacy, given that it can be viewed by anyone online. Kelly & Bramwell, P.C. recommends consulting divorce lawyers in Draper or anywhere Utah who can help you better navigate the legal proceedings.

What to Do

Exercise moderation when using social media networks. If you have problems in your present relationship, don’t resort to contacting past lovers for comfort or physical satisfaction. Rather, confront the problem head-on and sort it out with your present partner.

If you’re considering divorce, go to an experienced family lawyer so you’ll better know what you can and cannot post on social media during this sensitive time in your life. If you’re tempted to rant and lash out online, shut down your computer or leave your phone and go talk to a friend or a family member for your grievances. Consider seeing a therapist, as well.

Social media is a tool that can either make or break your relationship. Choose the former. If you think the relationship is already worth ending, then think before you click when you’re online.

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