Facebook - the Marriage Killer?
A new study, published in the journal on Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking suggests that people who use Facebook excessively are likelier to have conflicts with their partners than those who don’t. The survey found that a third (33%) of all divorces filed were linked to Facebook usage. Extra-marital contacts with friends through Facebook seemed to be a common occurrence. It was found that a third of all divorces were direct results of cheating on partners through Facebook while 80% of the people who divorce are frequent Facebook users.
How it happens?
This is an astonishing piece of statistics and negative publicity for the most used social network in the world. Boasting over a billion regular users, Facebook is a core part of our lives for most of us. It is mostly used to remain in touch with old friends and sharing your stuff with friends. But these studies suggest a negative side-effect of the social site. It shows that many people are using this site to look for potential partners and then engaging with these partners. Instant messaging services provided by Facebook along with photo sharing services and other such tools make Facebook perfect for people who are looking for possible partners. But the bad thing here is that committed people are using Facebook to this end too causing rifts in many couples. As a result, 1/3 of all divorces have mentioned Facebook as the cause.
Is Facebook to Blame?
It just seems that Facebook has made it easier for people to cheat on their partners. All Facebook is, is a really convenient way to stay in touch with friends. But people who are not content with their marriages or their relationships and are looking for a new partner, find Facebook a perfect tool for this purpose. To me, it would seem that Facebook is not to blame. It just provides means for communication. It is up to the user to not misuse it. It is likely that people who cheat on partners using Facebook would cheat on them even without it- although they would find it more difficult that way. So to me, no blames attached to Facebook here.
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