May 26, 2014
The first time someone pointed to Mark Zuckerberg’s social network as one of the possible perpetrators of the marriage crises was in 2009, when an executive of the British company Divorce-Online found that the word “Facebook” appeared in 989 of the 5 one thousand divorce petitions they received in that period.
And then, in 2010, a survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) revealed that four out of five attorneys were declaring an increase in divorce cases with evidence found on Facebook.
These and other examples were the ones that led researchers Sebastián Valenzuela and Daniel Halpern, from the Faculty of Communications of the Catholic University of Chile, to wonder if it was just anecdotes or if there was actually a significant relationship between divorce and Facebook.
For this they carried out an investigation in the United States together with Boston University, which was published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior. The study yielded results that individuals who spend more time on these virtual platforms have, on average, a lower level of happiness in their partner, and have thought more times about leaving them than those who spend less time online.
via Confirmed: there is a relationship between Facebook and divorce | Updated Uruguay and the World News – EL PAIS Uruguay Newspaper.
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