Is Social Media Impacting Divorce Rates?

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Updated: 6/26/2012 7:51 am
A recent British survey blamed Facebook for nearly a third of all divorces, and while this may or may not be true, more couples are citing what they see on their spouse's profile page as evidence.

The UK survey found about 20 percent of divorce petitions containing Facebook references.

The most common reason seemed to be people having inappropriate chats.One woman even found out her husband was planning to divorce her via Facebook.

Psychologists say social media can make once private relationship issues very public.

"It's hard for people, I think. Our shame and humiliation now can be publicized. One statistic says 20% of people think it's OK just to change your relationship status in order to create the break-up, so break-ups may be occurring in kind of cold and callous ways, but they are also very public and humiliating ways as well," said therapist Scott Bea, Psy.D. Of Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Bea believes people will learn from other's mistakes and tone-down  social media use.
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