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Has the internet made affairs more common? 

| Mar 17, 2021 | Divorce |

People have always had affairs, and they have always been a major reason for divorce. With the rise of no-fault divorce, no one has to be blamed for the end of a marriage, but infidelity could still be the major reason you decide to end your marriage. 

Though infidelity in marriage is not new to our time, you may be wondering what type of impact the internet has had on personal relationships. Has it made affairs more common or not?

Studies suggest that the internet has increased infidelity

It’s impossible to get complete numbers regarding how many people have affairs, how many spouses find out, how many divorces are caused by them and the like. Even so, when studies have asked people if they think that the internet leads to more affairs, the answer is a resounding yes. 

For one thing, the internet allows you to connect with people with whom you simply would not have any contact otherwise. Many people have Facebook friends that they haven’t seen in ten years or more. Twenty years ago, they would simply have never seen these people again. Today, they can read posts, look at pictures and send messages any time they want. 

Some people also find it easier to start affairs online. One woman noted that her husband was shy and likely couldn’t start an affair in person, but he became confident on the internet. He could make his personality appear any way he wanted, and he could actively try to connect with other women. 

Are you thinking of ending your marriage over your spouse’s infidelity?

If an affair has led you to the decision that it’s time to get divorced, you must know what options you have. Working with an experienced family law attorney can help you better understand your rights and plan your next steps.