Social Cheating: The Increasing Influence of Social Media on Divorces
The Internet has brought about many changes to modern society. Social sites have been very beneficial to society in many ways. We have heard the news stories about people being rescued from dangerous situations because of pleas for help via a social site. We have heard about medical breakthroughs coming from onlne brainstorming that would never have been possible 10 years ago. We have watched social media give rise to political revolutions and the overthrowing of oppressive governments. What you may not realize though is that these amazing advancements come at a price.
The truth is, many of these casual affairs lead to something stronger, and when the spouse finds out about the relationship, the result is often divorce. A spouse does not view social interactions on a website as casual friendship; they view it as a breach of trust.
Recent data released by the American Association of Trial Lawyers shows that 81 percent of all divorce cases in the last year used some form of evidence from a social media site when presenting their case.
Overall, the increase in divorce rates from the use of social media has been significant enough that many different social agencies have taken notice. Counselors are training in how to help couples that have been affected by social media affairs and attorneys are being taught how to present this type of evidence in court. At this time, it is believed that this will be an upward trend, at least for the next decade.