Theirs is no getting around it. The more an individual devotes themselves to Facebook, the greater the likelihood their marriage will end in divorce.
The July 2014 issue of the journal “Computers in Human Behavior” finds that increased use of Facebook “positively correlates” with increases in the divorce rate.
For the past several years researchers have been monitoring the statistics at a statewide level for divorce in 43 states and contrasting it with increases in the number of divorces filed for. For every 20% increase in the number of new Facebook accounts registered in the state, the divorce rate increases by 2.2%.
“Ten years ago, we almost had no choice but to leave the past in the past, because we didn’t have access. Now with a simple search you can find every ex you ever had, and daydream about them and forget about the horrible stuff they did,” social media expert Crystal Washington tells KTRH News.
Distance apparently makes the heart grow fonder.
More than 80% of divorce lawyers say they use social networks and social media as part of a divorce investigation.
“Especially when there is property at risk, and they’re trying to show a little fault in the proceedings, they’re increasingly turning to Facebook,” says Washington.
A University of Texas survey found that among heavy users of social media, 32% of couples had considered divorce. Among the couples who don’t have social media accounts, the number drops to 16%.