Social Media is the New Marriage Minefield: Study

Nearly 50% of those participating in a recent survey admitted to checking their partner’s Facebook account behind their partner’s back – and almost 15% indicated that they had contemplated divorce as a result of their partner’s activity on social media.

By Divorce Magazine
May 14, 2015
Social Media a Marriage Minefield

A recent study commissioned by U.K. family law firm Slater and Gordon has revealed that nearly 50% of the 2,000 British citizens polled admitted to checking their partner’s Facebook account behind their partner’s back – 14% of whom said they were looking specifically to confirm suspicions of infidelity.

Almost 25% of people polled said they had at least one argument a week with their partner that revolved around social media, and one in six revealed that this was a daily occurrence. Many of these arguments stemmed from discovering their partner had been in contact with an ex, sending inappropriate or flirtatious messages, or posting inappropriate photos. Some of the arguments were about what their partners weren’t posting, as a number of people were hurt or upset that their partner had not uploaded any photos of them as a couple.

Many people were under the impression that their spouse could not access their account, but almost 60% said they knew their partner’s login details (with or without their partner having told them). Just over 20% of people polled confessed that what they felt insecure about their relationship after checking their partner’s Facebook account; of those people, almost half said it took some time before they felt comfortable enough to raise the issue with their partners.

Ultimately, almost 15% indicated that they had contemplated divorce as a result of their partner’s activity on Facebook, Skype, Snapchat, Twitter, and What’sApp.

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By Divorce Magazine| May 14, 2015

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