People who regularly use social media sites like Facebook are more likely to divorce, new research suggests. A study produced by researchers from Boston University claims to have found “a correlation between using social network sites (like Facebook), spousal troubles, and the divorce rate.” Researchers surveyed 43 US states between 2008 and 2010, comparing the number of Facebook accounts in a state and dividing it by the total population to find ‘Facebook penetration’. The divorce rate for each state was then compared to Facebook penetration to see if any patterns emerged. The results showed a 2.18 per cent rise in the divorce rate of states which had a 20 per cent increase in the number of Facebook accounts. Google data provides support.