Social media has become a part of everyday life for many Nevada citizens. However, this popular technology may have brought with it some new and unusual problems relating to marital discord. For example, recent statistics collected from surveys reveal that arguments between couples over social media were more common than had been expected.
A recent survey of 2,000 married people in Great Britain revealed that nearly one in four had weekly arguments over social media. Approximately 17 percent of them responded that they fought over something related to this every day. Approximately 14 percent of the respondents answered that they had even considered divorce because of something their spouse had done with a social platform like Facebook, Twitter or Skype.
This trend has appeared in American studies as well. A 2010 survey conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers showed that 81 percent of the responding divorce attorneys had seen a marked increase in social media-related divorce cases in the last five years. A majority of the attorneys said that they had used Facebook to gather evidence for a divorce case.
No mechanism by which these social media platforms may be responsible for divorce has been suggested, and there may be no direct linkage. More study is necessary to determine whether it is simply the ubiquity of social media in our modern lives that makes it a factor in so many breakups and divorces, or whether some function of Internet connectivity is corrosive to the bonds of marriage. As there are many unanswered questions and grey areas about how social media may impact divorce legal issues, it can be helpful for a person whose marriage is breaking down to seek the advice of an attorney on how best to proceed.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Stay Off Social Media (Or Risk Divorce), New Survey Says," Brittany Wong, April 30, 2015