No matter where you look social media is impacting on most people’s ways of life.  Whilst it is certainly an effective way to keep in touch with people, could social media be negatively impacting on your relationship?  Following on from our last blog which you can read here, we continue to explore this issue.

Focusing on the past

Social media makes it easy to focus on the past, you can scroll through past conversations and reflect on historic feelings.  Whilst this can be an enjoyable thing, it can also remind you of lower points in your relationship or provide a platform for you to reflect on past relationships and draw comparisons.


Social media makes it very easy to “stalk” people.  In a relationship this can be very unhealthy.  Monitoring your partner’s activity or having your partner monitoring your activity on social media can feel intrusive and lead to feelings of insecurity and culminate in a lack of trust in your relationship.


Does social media make it easier to cheat?  There is a world of people available at the click of a mouse.  You can access photos and message people so easily.  Whilst social media cannot be considered directly responsible for anyone cheating, it arguably does create an easier environment for it to happen.

Social media on its own is unlikely to destroy your relationship; however, it can highlight issues that are already in the background.  If you do feel that your relationship is over, and you want a divorce, you need to get specialist legal advice now to get the best outcome for you and your family.

To see how Harrogate Family Law can help you, give us a call now on 01423 594680.

Andrew Meehan is an experienced family lawyer specialising in complex divorces involving significant or hidden assets, as well as cases involving children.

He is recommended for family law by both Chambers 2019 (York, Hull and surrounding regions) and the Legal 500 2020 (Leeds/West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire region).

Everyone’s circumstances are different and this article is provided by way of general information only and must not be relied upon.  If you require legal advice on a family law issue, please feel free to contact us by emailing