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Facebook use linked to higher rate of divorce

Last week we discussed how online dating may lead to more successful marriages and fewer divorces. This week we will discuss a new study that links Facebook with the divorce rate in the U.S.

The study found that using Facebook may increase the chances of divorce. The study reported that individuals who checked Facebook more than once every hour were more likely to have fights with their spouse about how often they use Facebook, which can lead to cheating and divorce.

The researchers surveyed 205 people between the ages of 18 and 82 who used Facebook, with 79 percent of those surveyed being in a relationship. The researchers asked the participants about how often they used Facebook and if Facebook had caused a conflict with their current or former romantic partners.

The study found that excessive use of Facebook can lead to jealousy and arguments about spouse's previous relationship. This may be caused by the finding that people who use Facebook a lot are more likely to reconnect with other Facebook users who they may have had a previous relationship with and can even lead to emotional and physical cheating.

Researchers said that newer relationships and marriages were the most likely to be impacted by excessive Facebook use by one or both spouses. They said the study found that high levels of Facebook use is linked to a higher rate of negative relationship outcomes for couples that have been together for three years or less.

The researchers concluded that couples should limit how often they use Facebook to reduce the risk of having fights about Facebook use and issues of jealousy, especially for newer couples still learning about each other and their relationship.

Source: Huffington Post, "Facebook, Divorce Linked in New Study," June 6, 2013

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