This week we discussed five secrets between spouses that can lead to divorce, including infidelity, addiction, and credit card spending. However, there is one new type of secret that is ending marriages across the country—the social media secret. Recent studies have found that a shocking number of divorces now involve inappropriate activity on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter and that online relationships can be extremely damaging to marriages.
When it comes to preventing a divorce, establishing a few social media rules can go a long way. Here are a few to get you started:
- Share your passwords – If you truly have nothing to hide from your spouse, you won’t mind that they can access your messages and see your activity. Sharing passwords is also one way to rebuild trust after it has been broken.
- Limit your time online – One study has found that any amount of prolonged social media activity can hurt relationships—even if you are not engaging in an emotional affair. The less time you spend on Facebook, the happier you may find yourself.
- Say no to old flames – A significant number of affairs that start on Facebook are with exes and other old flames. Consider keeping it light and polite when it comes to reconnecting with people you’ve had relationships with in the past.
- Avoid personal posts – Facebook can be a great tool when it comes to sharing pictures, keeping in touch, and organizing events. It becomes dangerous when you begin to use it as a place to share personal feelings or even gripe about your spouse. Remember that Facebook is a public place, not a diary.
Even if you take these measures to use social media safely, your spouse may not. If you need the assistance of an experienced Seattle divorce lawyer, we are here to help. Call the Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny today to schedule an appointment at 425-460-0550.