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Could too much social media/electronic communication use lead to divorce?

In the past couple of decades, the number of ways in which we can communicate with each other electronically has grown considerably. These new communication technologies, such as social media, can have many benefits.

However, these new communication technologies also come with their challenges. A recent study from the UK indicates that one area such challenges might arise in connection to is communication within a marriage. The study indicates that too much social media/electronic communication use by a married couple may be harmful to a marriage.

The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Oxford's Internet Institute. The subjects of this study were 24,000 married individuals. In the study, the researchers looked at the marriage satisfaction levels of the individuals and the amount of social media/communication channels the individuals used to communicate with their spouses.

In its look at social media/communication technology use by the individuals, the study looked at 10 specific communication channels. Included among the channels the study looked at were: texts, emails, instant messages and Facebook.

The study found that the married couples that used over five of these channels had a 14 percent lower marriage satisfaction level.

Thus, it appears that there is a link between high levels of social media/communication technology use in a marriage and lower marriage satisfaction.

Some important and intriguing questions arise in connection to this study's results. What is the nature of the link found in the study? Did high levels of social media use cause the drop in marriage satisfaction seen in the study? Could high levels of social media use in a marriage lead to a higher likelihood of divorce? It will be interesting to see if any studies are conducted in upcoming years looking at these questions.

What do you think of the study's results?

Source: The Huffington Post, "Social Media Study Finds Link Between Media Use And Relationship Satisfaction," April 15, 2013

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