The rise of social media leads to sharp increase in "cyber affairs"

Four out of five lawyers have used evidence derived from social networking sites in divorce cases

2Jul

The increased use of the internet and social media has been inextricably linked with marriage breakdowns. According to research by American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), one-fifth of divorces today report a direct correlation to relationships formed online and four out of five lawyers have used evidence gathered from social networking sites in divorce cases.

A survey published in the Journal of the American Psychological Association concluded that the driver for digital infidelity was the casual attitude and easy access to pornography. The report found that 86% of men are likely to click on internet sex sites if given the opportunity. Two-thirds of the 350 divorce attorneys polled in the AAML report said that the internet now plays a significant role in break-ups. More than half of the cases surveyed involved an excessive use of online pornography.


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"The overwhelming number of pornographic websites and chat rooms have played a significant role in disrupting the exclusivity of human sexuality," said Tina Konkin, who runs a California- based counseling program, Relationship Lifeline. "The low barrier of entry allows individuals to get what they want, when they want it. It's become Pandora's Box."

According to the study, today's easy access of such sites directly feeds into human desire and impulse, so we should expect to see the numbers of cyber affairs and marriage breakdowns due to the internet continue to grow steadily. 

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