On March 21, we told you about how social media can affect a couple's divorce proceeding. Can it lead to divorce, though? According to a recent study by a University of Missouri doctoral student, the answer is "yes."
The student used a previous Facebook study on which to base his study. The Facebook study examined the issues that arise from someone's use of social media, especially where that person's romantic partner was concerned. The study found that the use of Facebook could lead to feelings of jealousy.
A total of 581 Twitter users were surveyed for the study. Various questions were asked of each person surveyed about their "tweeting" frequency and if there had been problems in his or her romantic relationships because of excessive tweeting.
The study's author found that there was a correlation between someone's "problematic" Twitter use and negative relationship issues. The issues, according to the doctoral student, occurred no matter how long a couple had been together.
Some of the relationship issues listed in the study included physical or emotional cheating, breaking up or in some cases, even divorce. The study did say that there were ways a couple could prevent problems related to social media use in their relationship. For example, creating joint accounts or limiting the number of tweets and posts could be an answer.
Divorce can be difficult for everyone involved, and divorces that are played out on social media can be damaging. Not only can the person who is targeted by the social media posts or tweets be emotionally damaged, but the person who created negative posts could wind up losing out in court. If you feel your soon-to-be ex-spouse is using social media as a weapon against you, speak with your Colorado divorce attorney. He or she may be able to help those who have been victimized by their spouse on social media sites.
Source: coloradodaily.com, "How active Twitter use could lead to divorce and infidelity" Kurt Wagner, Apr. 07, 2014