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Study examines link between Facebook use and relationship problems

There are a number of reasons that couples to get divorced, and over the years experts have attempted to better understand what they are. Recently, researchers from the University of Missouri School of Journalism set out to determine the effect that Facebook has on people's relationships.

According to a June 6 press release published by the school, individuals between the ages of 18 and 82 partook in the study, which reveals that those who spend a lot of time on Facebook are more likely to experience relationship problems.

"Previous research has shown that the more a person in a romantic relationship uses Facebook, the more likely they are to monitor their partner's Facebook activity more stringently, which can lead to feelings of jealousy," said University of Missouri School of Journalism doctoral student Russell Clayton, who helped run the study. "Facebook-induced jealousy may lead to arguments concerning past partners. Also, our study found that excessive Facebook users are more likely to connect or reconnect with other Facebook users, including previous partners, which may lead to emotional and physical cheating."

It's worth noting that most of the participants who encountered relationship problems as a result of Facebook use had been with their partner for three years or less. Clayton told the source that this may indicate that newer couples are more susceptible to experiencing issues as a result of social media.

No matter what leads to you separating from your spouse, the fact remains that ending a marriage takes an emotional and financial toll on everyone involved. If you're going through a divorce in New Hampshire, it's in your best interest to work with an experienced attorney who can keep your best interests in mind from beginning to end and help ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.

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