Social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram are meant to bring people closer together. When it comes to infidelity, social media has a way of driving married couples further apart, and may even result in divorce. In fact, some divorce attorneys claim that social media is a factor for many of the people who walk through their door.
Newsweek spoke to one attorney who stated that many of the couples he works with either cite online infidelity as a primary cause of divorce or in the very least as a factor in why a couple has grown further apart. In many cases, these people make numerous small choices that eventually lead to the demise of a marriage. And while sites like Facebook aren't necessarily the cause of marital demise, they do make easier than ever for a person to carry on an affair, right in the comfort of their own home.
This sentiment is echoed by Fatherly. Digital infidelity is becoming more and more prevalent in relationships as people are privy to polished versions of their loved ones' lives. This can lead to feelings of inadequacy, especially if you feel as though your relationship is lacking in affection or excitement. In turn, a person might reach out to someone they're attracted to, without any real intention of cheating. However, minimal interaction can grow until it evolves into full-blown flirtation and finally an affair.
Some even posit that without social media, many of these affairs would have never taken place at all. This has much to do with the incremental nature of how flirtation builds. Unlike going to a bar or night club with the intention of cheating, sending a message to a connection or liking someone's picture feels a lot more innocent. When coupled with the sheer amount of time most people spend on sites like Facebook, with some estimates pointing to 50 minutes a day for the average user, it's not hard to see just how damaging social media can be to your marriage.