It seems like almost everyone is on social media these days. You. Your children. Your parents. Your grandparents. Ten or 15 years ago, it was a bit more of a niche activity, often confined to college students, but the world has changed. The truth is that most American adults now have some sort of profile, whether it’s on Facebook, Instagram or some similar site.
Interestingly, though, some research has suggested that social media use may predict divorce. The divorce rates have appeared higher among couples who use social media more often. However, critics are quick to point out that this doesn’t mean the divorce happened because of that use. It could be as simple as noting that those in unhappy relationships — for other reasons — spend more time online.
However, you cannot deny the possibility of romantic affairs starting online. People who may never have thought about being unfaithful may find themselves sort of stumbling into an online relationship that slowly turns real. Others may intentionally use social media to start the affair, thinking that it’s easier to connect with people online and harder for a partner to discover.
With so many people on social media, the possibilities are endless. Even those who start their affairs in other ways — as work partners, for example — may continue to communicate mostly through social media apps.
If your spouse has recently asked for a divorce, you may be wondering about the role social media played. Remember, what you posted could also enter into the court case, in some situations. Be sure you know what legal options you have.