Technology is making the world far smaller than it has ever been. Approximately 4.5 billion people have internet access and nearly 4 billion of those people use social media. So it’s no wonder that practically anyone connected to the internet can’t go a day without hearing, reading, or being pulled into a social media topic. Unfortunately, many of those posts, topics, or conversations end up specializing in online infidelity. But how and why do social media platforms make it easier for partners to cheat?
Social Media Behavior Can Lead to Distrust
Increased interest in social media can be perceived as a lack of interest in offline relationships. One partner may begin to feel jealous and start snooping on the others’ activities. And once the other partner realizes they’re being snooped on, that can result in distrust on both ends, even if there’s no actual cause for the jealousy.
Social Media Can Become An Addiction
Approximately 40% of American adults between the ages of 18 and 22 admit they feel addicted to social media. That percentage falls to 37% for the 23-38-year-old age group and 21% for older Americans. But one thing is for sure, social media can seem to control lives, often resulting in home life unhappiness, infidelity, and divorce.
Social Media Activity Can Limit Partner Communication
High-tech smartphones and unlimited plans are great. But those lead to the average American checking their cell phone approximately 262 times per day. That translates to once every 5-in-a-half minutes. In fact, 41% of adults claim they’d rather give up sex than relinquish their cell phone for a year. Americans who don’t specifically rely on their phones for their livelihood spend almost 3.5 hours per day on their phones, and over half of that time is on social media. So is it any wonder social media usage can limit partner communication?
Social Media Can Increase the Chances of Online Affairs
Active social media users have an average of almost 9 different platform accounts. And the average number of friends on Facebook alone is 338. The truth is, Facebook may have been created in 2004 to help college kids connect. But today, it hosts nearly 3 billion accounts spanning all age groups, affiliations, beliefs, and interests. Your partner can connect with a coworker, neighbor, old classmate, or ex-lover within a few clicks. Moreover, messaging, video chats and secret accounts can make it easier than ever to carry on an affair right behind your back.
Nearly 75% of America’s population uses social media regularly. So finding evidence of infidelity is definitely possible. However, going down a rabbit hole trying to get it is more than probable. Fortunately, you don’t have to do it alone. Courts allow certain types of social media evidence in court, so it’s important to gather that info correctly. If you’re at the end of your rope and need answers, give Cheating Spouse Private Investigators a call to connect with a private investigator specializing in online infidelity.