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Is Facebook Harming Your Marriage?

by Norris Law Group on September 29, 2014

Is Facebook Harming Your Marriage?For many of us, Facebook has become part of our daily routine: posting our own thoughts and musings, checking the statuses of friends and family both near and far and even sharing some laughs, frustrations and even tears.

Facebook seems harmless enough, right? You may even see your time on social media as a helpful and necessary part of your day. Well, this can certainly be true. If, however, time on Facebook has turned into time away from your real-life marriage, this could ultimately mean trouble for your relationship.

Herb Scribner of the Deseret News has compiled some interesting information and articles about Facebook and how it may actually harm your marriage rather than help. This week, we’ll examine each of his points in depth.

Scribner cites a study mentioned in the Christian Post which found that Facebook is linked to an increase in divorce. This joint study by Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile’s School of Communications and Boston University’s College of Communication showed that as the population of Facebook users has risen by 20% annually, the divorce rate has also increased. In a separate report, the New York Daily News said that that one-third of divorce filings in 2011 named Facebook as a primary reason.

Not everyone agrees that Facebook may be the reason behind a growing number of divorces. In July 2014, Eliana Dockterman of Time Magazine wrote that the study linking divorce with Facebook doesn’t clarify whether the people joining Facebook are the people getting divorced.

What do you think? Could Facebook actually be harming your marriage? As we explore this idea this week, feel free to add your thoughts and comments below.

Attorney Graham Norris and his associates at the Norris Law Group serve the residents of Utah County, UT and throughout Utah, Wyoming and Idaho, and are experienced in setting up Wyoming land trusts. Contact them today at 801-932-1238 or online for a free consultation.

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