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Could Facebook affect divorce in Massachusetts?

When a marriage comes to an end, many Massachusetts residents may look back and wonder what may have contributed. There has been some discussion lately that social media may play a role in marriages ending. Before couples blame Facebook for their marital problems, however, they may wish to take a closer look at the research concerning social media and divorce.

The study found that while there is a link between Facebook use and couples who get divorced, there is no direct proof that social media was the cause. Individuals who spend significant amounts of time online may, in fact, be looking for an escape from the marital problems they already face. It is true that social media allows parties to connect with friends and other individuals from their past, but these reconnections may not be the cause of their issues.

The study also indicated that there was an increase in the divorce rate in an area when the rate of social media use increased. However, it could not be certain that the individuals who were going through divorce were those individuals who were also spending more time online. Individuals who opened new Facebook accounts could have simply been ones that had never had accounts before.

While this study would need more in-depth research to have more conclusive findings, individuals who find themselves spending more time on social media than with their spouse may wish to assess their own situation. If Internet browsing has become an escape from facing the difficult issues of a marriage, Massachusetts residents may wish to consider their options for divorce. Information on the process and how their circumstances could affect their cases could be useful as they decide how to proceed in a manner that protects their individual interests.

Source: TIME, "Facebook Use and Divorce Probably Aren't Related", Eliana Dockterman, July 21, 2014

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