MailOnline 3 July 2014
Researchers from Boston University found a correlation between social media use, marital issues and divorce.
In particular, they concluded that Facebook is ‘a significant predictor of divorce rate and spousal troubles.’
The study, which was led by James E. Katz, the Feld Family Professor of Emerging Media Studies at the College of Communication, compared the divorce rate of married individuals in 43 states collected between 2008 and 2010.
To establish ‘Facebook penetration’, Mr Katz and two co-authors took the number of Facebook accounts and divided it by the state’s population.
The researchers found that a 20per cent increase in Facebook users in a state could be linked to a 2.18per cent growth in the divorce rate.
Even when the co-authors factored in variables such as employment status, age, and race, the correlation remained constant.