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Social media has had an immense impact on how people meet and interact with each other in the whole world. It is also an avenue for you to learn more about people you associate with. The use of Social media however has also contributed to and fueled problems in romantic relationships. This article focuses on statistics that show the relationship between Facebook and marital problems.

 Editor’s Pick on Facebook and Divorce

  • A 20% yearly increase in Facebook enrollment was associated with a 2.18% to 4.32% increase in divorce rates. (Source: Mckinley Irvin)
  • People who do not use social media are 11% happier in their marriages than people that regularly use social media. (Source: Mckinley Irvin)
  • The current divorce rate in the US is 2.9 persons per 1,000 people. (Source: legal jobs)
  • In 2019, an estimated 66.8 percent of Americans used Facebook regularly. (Source: Statista)
  • By 2025, the share of the population using the social network is projected to increase to 69 percent. (Source: Statista)

1.  As of April 2020, the United States is the second-largest country with the second-largest Facebook audience.

(Source: Statista)

Most US citizens use Facebook for socialization reasons. It is the second-largest country in Facebook usage globally.

2.  There are currently over 750,000 divorces in the U.S. each year.

(Source: Legal Jobs)

The U.S. divorce rate is amongst one of the highest in the world. Although the divorce rate is declining in the US, the number of divorces is still alarming.

3.  10% of adults in romantic relationships admit to hiding Facebook messages and posts from their significant other.

(Source: McKinley Irvin)

It was found that partners with Facebook accounts were suspicious about their partner’s social media interactions and snoop on their phones more than those who did not have social media accounts.

4.  8% of adults in relationships have secret accounts.

(Source: McKinley Irvin)

Keeping secret accounts means that there are secret social interactions that they intend to hide from their partners. These secret accounts are a source of confrontation whenever their partners found out about them.

5.  More than 33% of divorces that happen in America are a result of online affairs.

(Source: McKinley Irvin)

Online affairs contribute to one-third of all the divorces that happen in America. These affairs include sexting, dating, and romantic video call sessions.

6.  Between 30 and 40% of divorce, cases in the US have some sort of Facebook involvement.

(Source: Divorce Mag)

This estimate is very close to that of Lake Legal, a UK law firm that found that 30% of divorces involve Facebook. A good number of divorce cases have Facebook as their genesis. Facebook plays a remarkable role in the disintegration of marriages.

7.  51% of the US adults in romantic relationships indicated that cellphone use distracted their conversations with each other.

(Source: Pew Research)

More than half of the US Facebook users in relationships had either of their partners distracted in their conversation by a cellphone. These conversations were mainly from Facebook messages or posts that they respond to in the middle of their conversation with spouses.

8.  40% of the respondents were bothered by the amount of time that their partners spend on Facebook each day.

(Source: Pew Research)

The amount of time that spouses spend on Facebook is of great concern to their significant other.

9.  Spouses under 50 years were more likely to say that phone usage distracted their conversations.

(Source: Pew Research)

Of the spouse under the age of 50, those between 30 and 49 years were the most likely to report this. Young spouses were more affected by Facebook distractions in their conversations than older ones.

10.  62% of spouses between 30 and 49-years identified Facebook as a major distractor in their conversations compared to 52% of spouses between 18 and 29 years.

(Source: Pew Research)

More spouses between 30 and 49 years old were concerned with phone usage distractions than those aged between 18 and 29 years.

11.  41% of Americans in relationships who are 50 years and older have experienced phone distractions in their conversations at least sometimes.

(Source: Pew Research)

Phone distractions during conversations are a common thing even among old couples. Nearly half of the spouses above fifty years old have had phone interruptions during a conversation sometimes in their lifetime.

12.  34% of partners in romantic relationships have snooped their partner’s phones.

(Source: Pew Research)

Partners in romantic relationships have in some instances spied on the phones of their significant other. In most cases, they snoop to find out the conversations they have had with their Facebook friends.

13.  42% of women snoop on their partners’ phones compared to 25% of men.

(Source: Pew Research)

More women than men have looked at their spouses’ phones secretly to find out the conversations they make with their social network friends. This means that women feel more insecure when their partners engage in Facebook than their male counterparts.

14.  81% of Facebook users see other people post about their relationships on Facebook.

(Source: Pew Research)

Of these, 46% say, that this happens more often but very few said that such posts had any impact on their own love life.

15.  53% of Facebook users have used the platform to check up on someone they used to date or be in a relationship with, while 28% have used social media to share or discuss things about their relationship or dating life.

(Source: Pew Research)

More than half of the people who use Facebook have used the site to follow up on their past relationships. Some Facebook users use the platform to discuss their relationships and investigate old ones.

16.  70% of adult users under the age of 30 years have used Facebook to check up on a former partner while 48% have posted about their own love life.

(Source: Pew Research)

Those under thirty years old have used Facebook to hook up with people with whom they had relationships in the past. Almost three-quarters of Facebook users have used the site to follow up on their previous relationships.

17.  23% of Facebook users have felt jealous or unsure of their relationship because of the way their current partner interacts with others on the site with this percentage rising to 34% among those between 18 and 29 years.

(Source: Pew Research)

Facebook can also be a source of annoyance and conflict for some couples. This is so because partners end up doubting the closeness that could exist between their partners to the Facebook friends they communicate with on Facebook.

18.  In 2010 20 percent of divorce filings contained the word “Facebook and by 2011, it had risen to 33 percent.

(Source: ABC)

The top Facebook mentions in most divorce cases included inappropriate messages to Facebook friends of the opposite sex and cruel posts or comments between separated spouses.

19.  A 20 percent increase in Facebook users in a state could be linked to a 2.18 percent growth in the divorce rate.

(Source: BU Today)

This was according to a study conducted between 2008 and 2010 across 43 states in the US with Facebook penetration. The statistic reveals that an increase in Facebook signups led to an increase in the number of divorce rates.

20.  81 percent of the nation’s top divorce attorneys saw an increase in cases using social networking evidence in five years.

(Source: First things)

Of the people who filed divorce cases over five years, more than eighty percent drew their evidence from social networking sites and Facebook was the leading source of evidence.

Final Thought

A third of the US marriages today begin online through social media networks but at the same time, social media has become a threat to the family union.  Facebook has hurt relationships because it has led to the dissolution of marriages and distrust among many partners. Statistics show that many divorces in the US have been triggered by Facebook usage by those in romantic relationships.

Couples should therefore limit the time they spend on Facebook and as much as possible be more open about their online activities to each other. Couples can decide to create a prenuptial agreement to guide the use of Facebook.


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