There are many reasons people seek a divorce. One of the reasons that experts have studied and verified is that there seems to be a correlation between the number of hours per day that a person stays on social media and the rate of divorce. They are quick to add that this is just a part of the reason for divorce, not the whole reason.
The people who researched this phenomenon published their findings in a July 2014 edition of a scholarly periodical. They purport that a 20 percent increase in the number of hours of social media use saw a 4 percent increase in the divorce rate of any one state over the following year.
While they could not say what age group created the most social media accounts, younger or older, they did see a trend upward across Arizona and the rest of the U.S. In other words, it may not have been those with a new social media account who were getting a divorce. It could just be a correlation.
In an additional survey of people across America who were aged 18 through 39, there was a relationship that linked social media use to the quality of the marriages being surveyed. The people who spent more time on Twitter or Facebook appeared to be less happy in their marriages than those who didn’t participate.
It could be that those who are already unhappy in their unions took to social media after the unhappiness began. They may have been contemplating divorce already and turned to the web as an outlet.
Because people use Facebook to talk about their problems with their friends and can connect with old associates, it would seem that this may assist them as a distraction. Additional research is needed to prove this theory. At the end of the day, however, we all have the ability to turn the computer off and face our problems head-on.
If you are contemplating a divorce, it may be wise to discuss your plans with a professional who can assist you in the legal realm. He or she can be a valuable asset at a time like this.