There are a lot of unsurprising causes of divorce. People grow apart. There’s infidelity. Having children has a way of, sometimes, stirring up issues. But would you believe it if I told you that divorce lawyers have revealed that many of the individuals they represent blame social media for the decline of their marriage? It’s true. I don’t necessarily think social media alone can cause a divorce. I do, however, believe that it can speed up problems that were already developing, trigger more hidden issues, and generally aggravating arguments that were already taking place. Social media has a very strange role in a marriage. Barely a decade ago, married couples didn’t “Like” each other’s posts and announce engagements through status updates to hundreds of strangers. Like it or not, we do have to navigate social media within our marriages. Here are possible reasons social media causes many divorces.
It creates a disconnect
The very fact that we can watch the element of our partner’s lives that don’t involve us creates an odd disconnect. We can look at his story, photos, and check-ins—all the activities we aren’t at. It really hammers in this feeling of being left out of our partner’s lives. If there was any distance to begin with, social media makes it worse.