Is Facebook ruining your marriage?

facebook = divorce?As the social connector of our time, Facebook has captivated our lives and changed the way we think about, relate, and connect to people. It seems that everybody who is anybody is on Facebook. In fact 80 of my 350 connections are family members, from eight years old to seventy five; I even have two dogs as contacts.

In March of 2012 alone, Americans spent over 53 billion minutes on Facebook. That is the equivalent to an accumulative 100,000 years. So the question is, are you connecting with those you shouldn’t be? It could cost your marriage, if you aren’t careful.

A survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers revealed that Facebook infidelity accounts for twenty percent of divorces in the United States. In the United Kingdom the number jumps to thirty percent.

Online cheating is so prominent now, that nearly eighty percent of divorce attorneys have seen an increase in the number of marital law cases, that use social media like Facebook, for evidence, ABC’s Good Morning America reported.

The question is, is it Facebook’s fault or is it your own? Are you doing things on Facebook you wouldn’t do in real life? Are you doing things on Facebook, which would be detrimental to your marriage?

Marriage counselor Terry Real commented: “Before it was e-mail, and before that it was the phone. The problem is not Facebook, it is the loss of love in marriage.”