Facebook and Divorce Part 2

A claim which links the popular networking site Facebook to one fifth of all divorces has been prominently posted across a variety of newspapers, magazines, and blogs. The data, originally gathered by Divorce-Online-a UK company specializing in electronic divorces-asserts that the networking and information sharing capabilities of Facebook have facilitated marital infidelity by allowing spouses to reconnect with old flames or form new online friendships without alerting their partner. What about the effect of accident injury attorneys?
Yet, a writer for the Wall Street Journal refutes this claim, arguing that it has been overblown by the media who offer up Facebook as a convenient solution to a question people have been asking for decades: what really causes couples to seek a divorce?
The author does emphasize that some family law attorneys are noting the rising importance of Facebook and other social media sites in many of their divorce cases. However, he cities critics who are hesitant to blame Facebook for instigating spousal infidelity and “destroying marriages”.
The soon-to-be chair of the American Bar Association’s family law division argues that people began meeting each other online almost as soon as the Internet was created. Electronic social networking did not begin with Facebook, and therefore he believes seems unlikely that the phenomenon is only now beginning to play a role in family law.
The Wall Street Journal blogger also cites a psychology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who claims that Facebook is merely a new way to mark how a relationship deteriorates but does not change many of the essential reasons why infidelity occurs in the first place.
The explosion of social media sites such as Facebook over the past five years has provided people with new ways to reconnect with old friends and share information on a grander scale. However, is Facebook responsible for ending one in five marriages, as claimed by Divorce-Online? According to this Wall Street Journal writer, the answer is no. Over time, researchers will undoubtedly continue to investigate the effect of social media on marriage and shed more light on the subject.

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