If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times… Facebook is the devil when it comes to relationships!
Now a new study claims to prove that married people who engage in social media may be more prone to relationship issues and are more likely to divorce due to the use of sites like Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.
Hmmm…. maybe it’s time to step away from your online life and deal with the ‘real world’…
Researchers from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and Boston University’s College of Communication conducted the survey and claim to have found a link between Facebook and divorce.
Results show that using social networking sites negatively correlated with marriage quality and happiness, and positively correlated with experiencing a troubled relationship and thinking about divorce.
The researchers say a 20 percent increase in the population of a state with a Facebook account correlated with a 2.18 percent increase in the rate of divorce.
“This study explores the relationship between using social network sites, marriage satisfaction, and divorce rate using survey data of married individuals and state-level data from the United States,” the researchers noted in the study’s abstract.
“If the preliminary findings in this study are sustained, it would represent an important step forward in the study of SNS and human behavior,” the researchers noted in the study’s conclusion.
“It would also raise profound questions about the role of social media in daily lives. Finally, it would spur new lines of research in understanding the role of Facebook in divorce and marital satisfaction, prompting a host of policy-oriented research endeavors by social scientist.”
The researchers stressed that correlation does not imply causation. i.e. they are aware that other factors may also contribute to divorce.
The results of the study were published in the July 2014 edition of Computers in Human Behavior. What do you guys think of this new study?
Could Facebook and other social media sites be a contributing factor to divorce?