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Social media could spell divorce for Massachusetts couples

With so much technology being used in Massachusetts and around the world, privacy can become an issue. Almost anyone could find information about someone else by using a search engine or social media site. Many people are almost too willing to put personal information on social media sites, and in some cases, they do not think of the potential consequences. When too much information -- or in some cases, too little -- is revealed, relationships can be affected. Recently, social media has been cited as some couples' reason for divorce.

Websites where it is normal to post photos and updates on activities are so popular that it seems strange when someone says they do not have an account. Many people see social media as a way to stay in touch with friends from the past. Occasionally, those friends can include ex-relationship partners. If someone in a relationship is an excessive social media user, they can pick up the habit of constantly checking their spouse's page and monitoring its activity.

While communication is an important aspect of a relationship, privacy and trust are also very important. The constant checking of a spouse's social media can lead to feelings of suspicion and jealousy. Several couples in a new study stated that at least one social network was a factor in their divorce.

The reasons for a divorce can span across a very wide spectrum with social media being relatively new. No matter what the reason, the decision to file for divorce can weigh heavily on a person's mind. There are several questions that need to be answered, and a significant amount of stress can arise from attempting to figure out how to proceed. Massachusetts divorce laws provide a range of information that could be helpful for anyone looking into the divorce process.

Source: Huffington Post, "Facebook, Divorce Linked In New Study," June 6, 2013

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