The first iPhone was revealed just a decade ago, but the smartphone has
already completely turned the world on its head. It is more surprising
these days to see someone without a smartphone than someone with one.
Indeed, walking by the average elementary school, you will assuredly see
little kids holding a phone or even a tablet that is three times the size
of their hands.
The greatest advances in technology in recent years are not just the smartphone
itself, but also what it has allowed the average person to do. Apps and
social media are breakthrough technologies that made it easier than ever
to access new information, play recreational games, and connect with friends
and family all around the world. Step even closer today in the timeline
and you will find the advent of “cloud” storage, which keeps
stores unfathomable amounts of data despite not needing physical storage
space on a device.
Yes, the many changes of technology in such a short amount of time has
altered the face of the world and our day-to-day lives. Perhaps most notable,
romance, marriage, and even divorce have been impacted heavily yet subtly
by new technologies.
Courtship, Marriage & Divorce in the Digital Age
Without sounding too much like a science fiction program, technology has
become noticeably integrated into all facets of our lives. It is no surprise,
then, to see that tech advances have changed the face of marriage and
divorce as well.
Five major ways that technology upgrades have changed our relationships,
for better or for worse, include:
Social media shows us everything: Point to someone at random and they most likely are on at least one social
media outlet, with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat being among
the most popular choices. Even octogenarians know how to pop open Facebook
and see what their grandkids are doing. The catch with social media being
everywhere is that it shows everyone everything. It is now easier than
ever to catch untrustworthy spouses engaging in infidelity since social
posts and Google Maps “check-ins” are two dozen a dime. Even
if someone is careful not to post suspicious or untruthful activity onto
a social media feed, there is a high chance that someone else who knows
about it will. In effect, secrets have become harder to keep.
Electronic discovery: Some dishonest spouses in divorce try to hide assets and important information
from their soon-to-be ex in order to gain some sort of advantage in the
divorce, like obtaining more property when
marital assets are divided. In the digital age, squirreling away important information is next to
impossible, especially when an experienced divorce attorney is helping
manage the divorce. Nearly everything is tracked to some degree by data
codes and online links. Long gone are the days of hiding financial ledgers
in the basement.
Technology addiction: Some psychology experts, sociologists, and marriage counselors see the
rising popularity in handheld and everyday technology as the cause behind
the rising divorce rates across the country, as well as the decline in
new marriages. The fear – or at least the eyebrow-raising conclusion
– is that people are addicted to the smartphones in their pockets
so much so, they fail to care for current and budding relationships. Married
couples may be inclined to just watch Netflix and barely talk to one another
than try to grow closer or stay together. Newlyweds might rather scroll
through their Instagram feeds for fun photographs of Paris rather than
go out to the City of Love themselves. There have even been people who file for
divorce and cite their spouse’s addiction to an online video game, like
League of Legends!
Online dating: Technology may be causing some splits,
separations, and divorces, but it is also bringing people together, perhaps just as
quickly as it divides them. Social applications geared for dating, like
Tinder and OK Cupid, are massively popular, boasting the formation of
hundreds of dates a day when all apps are considered. Some website and
apps, like Match.com, are even focused on creating long-term relationships
that eventually lead to marriage.
Divorce is easier with technology: In another bit of good news, technology has actually helped make divorcing
simpler. Any family lawyer with a few decades of experience can tell you
how much paperwork had to be lugged around, signed, and filed for the
average divorce. Thanks to everything going digital, you can just bring
a flash drive in your pocket with you and not lose a thing. Or, you can
use the flash drive as a backup and rely primarily on cloud stored information.
Making new copies or sending a client a crucial file in the dead of the
night is a breeze now, all thanks to technological advancements.
Rhode Island’s Leading Family Law Firm – 401.216.4414
At TJC ESQ, our Rhode Island divorce lawyers have been practicing long
enough to see the face of marriage and divorce change dramatically due
to emerging technologies; Attorney Timothy Conlon has been a family law
attorney since 1989. We have learned to use all of this tech to our client’s
advantages, though. If you are going through a divorce or need to file
for one, we can use our advanced knowledge of new equipment to discover
hidden assets, find evidence of infidelity, send large files on the fly,
and much more. To learn all about our law firm and services we offer, you can
contact us online to set up an initial consultation.