In the past several years, there is little question that social media has become an integral part of the lives of millions of people. Social media can make it easier for people to meet new people and develop new relationships, which can be positive or negative depending on the context. As people learn to navigate the boundaries of social media, marriages can fall apart due to online cheating, emotional withdrawal and increased stress levels. According to Business Insider, Florida ranks eighth in the nation for divorces, with a rate of 3.6 divorces in 1,000 people.
While social media usage can provide opportunities to connect with others personally and professionally, there is a rising number of divorce petitioners who cite the negative aspects of the practice. Some partners isolate themselves in an online world, neglecting to connect with their spouse or children. Other partners fail to be considerate of their spouse or family, posting inappropriate or unkind images and text posts. These can all lead to a decrease in trust and communication in a marriage, which can lead to divorce.
A 2018 study published in the Universal Journal of Psychology found that the anonymity provided by social media gave users the option to develop secret accounts. Through these hidden social media accounts, married individuals found opportunities to cheat on their partners, both emotionally and physically. While social media was not the cause of cheating, but rather a resource that enabled it, the now-divorced individuals stated it was a key factor in the breakdown of their marriages. Many factors can lead to divorce, but as the value of an internet presence grows, it is a good idea for married couples to reconnect with each other offline.