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Facebook, Twitter factor in one in seven divorces, research says

Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms cause

Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms cause one in seven divorces, a recent study says. The Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia on May 16, 2012. Credit: AP

"Till death do us part" may need a status update.

A recent study found that one in seven married people in the United Kingdom have considered getting a divorce because of their spouses' Facebook, Twitter or other social media activity.

The study, commissioned by the Australia-based multinational law firm Slater and Gordon, was in response to an increasing number of clients saying Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and other social media platforms played a role in their divorces.

"Five years ago Facebook was rarely mentioned in the context of a marriage ending, but now it has become commonplace," Andrew Newbury, head of personal legal services at the law firm, said in a news release. "Social media is the new marriage minefield. Social media, specifically pictures and posts on Facebook, are now being routinely raised in divorces."

The survey was conducted by a firm called Censuswide, which interviewed 2,011 husbands and wives in the United Kingdom. According to the survey, the most common reasons for checking a spouse's social media accounts was to discover who they were talking to, who they were meeting and where they were going.

More than 14 percent looked at their spouses' social media accounts specifically to detect possible adultery, and a fifth of those surveyed said that they felt unsure about their relationship after discovering something on their partners' Facebook accounts.

A third of the people said they keep their login details secret from their partners. More than 25 percent of the people said resulting suspicions led to fights of at least one week, and 17 percent said fights over social media were a daily occurrence.

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