According to a local New Hampshire couple, Facebook has allowed the husband to reconnect with a high school sweetheart after 12 years of marriage causing a blow to their relationship. As taken from the WMUR news article the wife stated,
We had a strong marriage, and I think he would have tried to work things out instead of going to the first woman who he hooks up with on Facebook and take off.
With technology advancing and social networking sites taking off with high popularity one would think temptation was bound to happen in one form or another. Reality is you can connect with old flames by running into them at the grocery store, it's just that Facebook has opened the doors to communicating with long lost flames in a more personal and discreet manner. Social networking sites have become a support system for stay at home mothers and married couples everywhere who lack the in real life adult communication humans yearn for.
Has Social Networking Caused Wrecked Marriages?
Facebook in general can cause a lot of jealousy stemmed from misunderstanding and addiction to the site itself, however, when you look deep into the core of a relationship deteriorating the basis would not have started with Facebook. Once a relationship has hit a point where the two are facing troubles, having lack of communication and urges to flee, Facebook simply becomes an outlet for the troubled partner to release their feelings. This seems to be simply just another case of the blame game, where a couple wants to blame an outside source for the cause of their marriage failing. Although social networking sites open up doors to connecting with old flames, that yearning to connect with an old flame in such a destructive manner would not have happened if the married couple were communicating in a healthy way.
The simple answer is that social networking sites may cause a strain on a relationship due to insecurities and jealousy, but the main place to point blame for a relationship ending would be the couple themselves. When asked "are these Facebook connections the cause or the result of a struggling relationship?", Nashua's Dr. Carl Hindly replied,
First, it's a good idea to let your partner know who you're friending. If you're not sharing it with your partner because you know he or she is going to be upset by it, well, that should be a red flag you ought to think twice about doing it.
There you have it, no exact answer on whether social networking sites are to be blamed for straining marriages but they certainly are playing a part in marriage troubles and personal insecurities.