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Can cyber-squabbling on social media lead to divorce?


The breakdown of the marital bonds can lead to divorce. Many Rhode Island divorce proceedings often lead to acrimonious battles in the courtroom due to the bitter feelings between estranged spouses. In light of today's digital world, the breakdown of a relationship may begin on a new frontier.

A recent study revealed that East Greenwich couples, who tend to be active Twitter users, quarreled with their partners on the social media site and were more likely to have relationship problems that could lead to divorce. The online survey had nearly 600 Twitter users between the ages of 18 and 67 responding. The study, which revealed that Twitter could adversely affect a user's relationship, was an extension of a similar study last year for Facebook users. The previous study proved that overuse of Facebook led to romantic conflicts and that problems caused by social media use affected relationship length. If the relationship had lasted three years or more then use of Facebook would likely affect the relationship negatively. However, no correlation was found between relationship length and users of Twitter.

A dominant social media presence could be viewed as having a hobby which limits the couple's real-life interaction. A social media study conducted with more than 2,000 participants found that slightly more than one quarter of couples responding believed that social media and the Internet had an impact on a relationship. Most of those who believed in the cyber influence believed that the Internet had a positive impact, while a small percentage believed that the Internet had negatively affected their relationship.

Divorce is always a difficult process without adding additional negative influences. However, the presence of social media seems to increase divorce problems.

Source: KHOU.com, "Twitter may kill your relationship," July 9, 2014

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