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Are social media accounts steering you toward divorce?

With the popularity of social media, many people don't think twice before logging onto Facebook or Twitter to update a status or keep up with friends. A new report published in "Computers in Human Behavior" may interest readers in Texas who are in a shaky marriage.

The team that conducted the study looked at a few facets of marriage and social media as part of the research. Facebook participation was compared with state-level data of divorce rates for the years 2008 through 2010. The study also looked at a University of Texas survey involving 1,160 married people. 

A conclusion was reached that the spouses who spent more time on social media websites were not as happy in their marriages as spouses who spent less time on those sites. The researchers noted that it is unclear whether more time on social media was detrimental to the marriage or whether the unhappy marriage contributed to more time on social media. The researchers concluded that both phenomena might occur.

The researchers noted that people who are increasingly turning to social media accounts might leave a spouse feeling neglected, which can lead to divorce. The researchers also noted that some people tend to go online now for support when they are going through difficult times. Overall, the team concluded that spending a lot of time on social media websites might be a sign of problems on the marriage front.

If your marriage is showing signs of deterioration, then you may want to explore your rights under Texas divorce law. Issues to consider might include property division, child custody, alimony and child support. Learning as much as you can now could help you establish the best possible plan for the future.

Source: Pacific Standard, "Facebook, Twitter Usage Linked to Higher Divorce Rates," Tom Jacobs, May 2, 2014

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