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Social media blamed for 1 out of 7 divorces

Social media has made it easier to stay in touch with friends and family around the world than at any time in human history. Ironically, these sites may also be driving many married couples apart.

One survey suggests that one out of every seven divorces is caused by social media, at least in part. Many people spend too much time on Facebook, Twitter and other sites, straining their relationship with their spouses.

For example, an article on the subject included the story of a woman whose divorce was caused by Facebook. She started using the site as away to promote her event planning business.

Eventually, she found herself spending up to five hours a day on Facebook, posting pictures of herself and chatting with former boyfriends. When her husband found out, he became suspicious and the marriage fell apart.

Some people do not seem to realize that what they put on Facebook is probably viewable by their significant others. One man told his wife that he was going out of state to visit his mother. In fact, he went to Las Vegas with his mistress, which the wife discovered immediately after he posted pictures of his vacation on Facebook. That couple ended up divorced too.

Couples like these ones likely had problems beyond a social media addiction that contributed to their breakups. After all, one would think that a person would be less likely to spend five hours on Facebook each day if his or her marriage was in good shape. Perhaps excessive time on social media is more of a symptom of a troubled marriage, rather than the cause.

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