What About Social Media, Cheating and Divorce?

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It may not come as a surprise that social media, cheating and divorce are often linked with each other.

Links Between Social Media Use and Divorce

In 2014, CNBC discussed the results of a study published in the Journal Computers in Human Behavior. Researchers asked couples about marriage quality and social media use. They analyzed data using various models, and each model showed that there was a link between decreased marriage quality and social media use.

Links Between Social Media and Cheating

In November 2016, The Chicago Tribune published an article where a licensed psychotherapist and sociology professor both gave their expert opinions. Each said that social media made infidelity much easier — just a click away — and it even opened up the cheating playing field to people across the globe.

Cheating Online Is Just as Devastating as In-Person Cheating

Jaclyn Cravens is in the Marriage & Family Therapy Program at Texas Tech University. She conducted research that reviewed situations where clients in monogamous relationships discovered their partner had cheated. They found out their partners were exchanging sexually suggestive messages with someone online through a social networking site. The main site that came up was Facebook. The emotional impact was just as severe as if the partner had committed acts in-person.

Anthony Weiner, a former politician, got caught several times cheating when he used Facebook and Twitter. As a result, he lost his marriage, his seat in Congress and his chances of becoming the Mayor of New York City.

Some people are able to still work out their marriages when cheating occurs. But for many others, it’s the end of the relationship.

Considering Divorce? Talk with One of Our Attorneys

Before you decide on divorce, it’s wise to discuss it with a divorce lawyer so you know what’s involved and the challenges you’ll face. If you have questions about divorce, our attorneys at C.E. Borman & Associates are glad to advise you.

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