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New study supports connection between Facebook and divorce

The connection between Facebook and divorce is not a novel concept. News reports over the past few years have highlighted the connection and a new study was recently released supporting the tie between divorce and use of this popular social media site. Researchers with the study were careful to clarify that their findings support only a connection, not a correlation. This study does not tie use of Facebook to an increased risk of divorce.

The study, recently discussed in an article in The Wall Street Journal and published in the most recent issue of the journal Computers in Human Behavior, compared the divorce rates in 43 states to the number of Facebook accounts open in those states. Ultimately, researchers found a 2.2 percent increase from 2008 to 2010 in the states' that had a 20 percent annual increase in Facebook users. 

Whether Facebook use leads to divorce or those who are more likely to get divorced in the first place turn to Facebook is debated. Some argue that Facebook provides instant access to exes, increasing the odds of an affair. Others argue Facebook can provide an outlet and support for those going through tough times.

Regardless of the reason for using social media, it is always wise to be careful what is shared on profiles, in photos and in messages as this info could appear in divorce court. If you are considering divorce, it is wise to seek the counsel of an experienced divorce attorney. This legal professional will help guide you through the process and better ensure you receive a more favorable outcome.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, "Does Facebook break up marriages?," Quentin Fottrell, July 13, 2014

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