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How Does Technology Influence Divorce

Society as a whole is becoming increasingly dependent on the use of technology. The integration of cell phones and the internet is prevalent in our daily endeavors; so much so in fact, that we take the use of these tools as second-nature.

While the accessibility and connectivity are largely considered positive steps, there can be a negative aspect as well. Namely that these advances can cause rifts in marital relationships and be used to gather evidence in divorce cases.

Text messages and emails

The advent of the smartphone created a scenario in which an individual almost always has internet access and is rarely off the technological grid. Previously, the emotional aspect of a relationship was difficult to document. However, text messages are often written and sent quickly thus demonstrating documented raw emotion. Emails are often used in a similar matter. This documentation of communication between spouses or communication in an extramarital affair can be used in a court of law.

There are a manner of other ways that a cellular phone, specifically a smartphone, can be used as evidence in a divorce case. Call and internet histories, internet searches, photos and GPS results all have documented evidence appeal.

Social Media

Facebook and other similar social media websites allow an individual to connect with large groups of people from the comfort of their home.

However, that connection may lead down a slippery slope as once again the internet is far from a private entity. On numerous occasions, a “happy spouse” can find things about their significant other that are disturbing. This could include photos that reveal unknown activity, secret communication with members of the opposite sex, etc. These situations usually lead to trouble within a marriage and can serve as evidence in divorce court.

While advances in technology have a largely positive effect on society, the negative situations that result from abusing technology are proof that sometimes your phone can be too smart for your own good.

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