CHICAGO – In recent years, it seems like life has become a little more public for the average person.
Social media has changed the way many people view their lives and relationships.
While many people view social media as a way to keep in touch with friends far away, experts say it has also played a destructive role in many relationships.
“I was spending sometimes four or five hours a day when I should have been cooking dinner, or reading to my kids, or watching a movie with my husband or just talking to my husband,” said Shari, a divorced mother of two.
Shari said she became so enthralled with Facebook that she acquired 5,000 friends and 1,000 followers.
In reality, her marriage was falling apart.
Sadly, experts say Shari’s case is not unusual.
A growing number of divorcing spouses blame social media for playing a role in their divorce.
A survey by Censuswide suggests that one divorce in every seven blames social media for the breakup.
“That sounds very low to me to be honest. The social media world seems to crop up in at least half of my divorce cases,” said Christine Svenson, a divorce lawyer.