How Social Media Affects the Divorce Rate

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Social media is a modern-day cultural phenomenon that most of us participate in. Whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other platform, social media is a way to stay in touch with friends and share our lives. However, a recent study published in the journal "Computers in Human Behavior" has shown that social media can also affect how successful your marriage is. Here are just a few of the findings from that study.

Higher Divorce Rate

In this study, researchers compared social media accounts with the divorce rate in a state. In these analyses, a 20% annual increase in Facebook accounts per capita showed anywhere between a 2.18% and 4.32% increase in the state's divorce rate.

Lower Marital Satisfaction

The study also surveyed couples and compared their social media usage to their level of satisfaction in their marriage. In every model analyzed, marital satisfaction was lower in couples that had a higher level of social media usage. The study showed that, on average, someone who did not use social media was more than 11% happier in his or her marriage than someone who used social media heavily.

Why?

There could be many reasons for this link between social media usage and divorce. The authors of the study hypothesized that social media can have an addictive effect on many people, which can cause conflict in a marriage and create an environment with many opportunities for jealousy and affairs. However, they also theorized that social media use may increase when a partner is already unhappy in their marriage, resulting in them seeking support from friends through these platforms.

 

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