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How people who use social media are 32% more likely to leave their spouses

People who use social media are 32per cent more likely to think about leaving their spouses, according to a new study.

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.

Indeed, they found that the correlation could be a 'significant predictor of divorce rates.'

'The study looked at data to understand human behavior as it’s affected by communication technology, especially technologies that are mobile-based,' Mr Katz explained.

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