Most Atlantic City residents would probably admit to using some form of social media on a fairly regular basis. Websites like Facebook and Twitter are becoming increasingly popular, allowing people all over the world to interact and share glimpses into their intimate lives. As social media forums gain popularity and change the ways in which people engage with their families and friends, they also have a very real impact on relationships and divorces in the U.S.
According to one recent study, social media websites like Twitter and Facebook are factors in over 14 percent of all divorce cases across the country. However, some divorce experts are arguing that the new figure may be a low estimate, and that social media may play a far greater role in marital disputes. One of the reasons that social media is being linked to divorce rates is that some users are reportedly becoming obsessed with websites, and are in turn neglecting their relationships.
One woman claimed that she began spending excessive amounts of time online, and had as many as 5,000 Facebook friends at one time. She started spending less and less time with her husband and children, and was ultimately accused by her husband of having inappropriate online communications with an ex-boyfriend. Other cases involve spouses being caught cheating through social media postings.
Given that people are known to post pictures and share information about their recent activities and relationships, it’s no wonder that Facebook and other social media websites are now factoring into everything from spousal support to child custody disputes. That is why it is important for people to understand how their online presence can impact divorce proceedings.
Source: ABC 22, “Are You Obsessed With Facebook?” May 6, 2015