A leading law firm has conducted a survey of 2,000 married people in England aimed at assessing the impact of social media on marriage.
The survey says that 1 in 7 would consider a divorce arising out of the behaviour of their spouses on sites and apps such as Facebook, Snapchat, Skype, What’sApp and Twitter. The survey revealed that almost 1 in 4 participants had at least one argument per week with their spouse over their social media use and 17% said this argument took place on a daily basis! How many times have we all sat in bed late at night with our faces lit by the bright white light of our tablets or mobile phones?!
This survey is not entirely surprising and the explosion of social media (almost unheard of in divorce petitions 5-7 years ago) has had a real impact upon families both positively and negatively.
Social media and the prevalence of apps is only going to grow. The lesson for families is to stop and reassess how much time we should devote to this phenomenon.