"When marriages go through rocky patches and people do seek support, temptation has never been closer. You can easily reconnect with an old boyfriend or girlfriend from college online. It all starts innocently enough, but the next thing you know you are meeting for coffee and the next thing you know you’re having an affair." (Jeff Landers)
Even the most mundane stories on social media provide an escape, says Abby Rodman, a psychotherapist in Boston, and people who bury their head in a computer screen risk paying less attention to the problems in their relationships. “If you are glued to a computer screen, you’re not looking into your partner’s eyes,” she says. “Instead of reading what’s going on with your partner, you’re reading about someone’s dog’s surgery on Facebook. It’s a clear message to your partner that you’re more interested in what’s going on elsewhere rather than what’s in front of you.” Being in a relationship takes work, she adds, but spending your time communicating with others via social media — including your spouse — is “relationship lite.”Facebook has been associated with divorce before. Excessive Facebook Use Can Damage Relationships found a 2013 study. Facebook named in a third of divorce filings in 2011. Facebook a top cause of relationship trouble, say US lawyers. Facebook can predict your romantic partner, and predict if you will break up.
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