It is almost impossible to function in today’s society without utilizing some form of social media. Businesses in New York and across the country use it to advertise, friends make important announcements and some schools even turn to social media to send out important information to parents and students. While it is a useful tool for many, recent surveys seem to indicate that social media use may be placing a strain on some marriages, ultimately leading to divorce.

A survey was conducted to examine the role of social media use in a couple’s decision to end their marriage. It shows that one in seven divorcing couples claim that social media use was one cause of the end of their relationship. Approximately 25 percent of respondents claim that they fought with their spouse over social media use at least once a week, with 17 percent claiming they fought about it daily. Additionally, a majority of respondents claimed they knew their spouse’s passwords to social media sites, even if their spouse was unaware.

Similarly, a 2010 survey conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers indicates that 81 percent of attorneys representing people seeking a divorce claim that they were turning to social media for evidence. Approximately 66 percent of attorneys said they were able to find evidence on a social media site. Some claim that while the numbers are likely high, they do support a claim that social media may have a detrimental effect on a person’s marriage.

However, it also seems that the number of people using social media over the course of the last few years has increased, making claims about its increasing role in a person’s decision to seek a divorce not all that surprising. Ultimately, it would be hard to determine whether Facebook actually caused a divorce or if it was simply one of many symptoms of an unhappy marriage. Regardless of the reason, many people in New York have found that ending a dysfunctional relationship could be the first step to a happier, more fulfilling life.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Stay Off Social Media (Or Risk Divorce), New Survey Says“, Brittany Wong, April 30, 2015