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Airing your divorce on social media: think hard about that

It's not exactly a rocket-science observation to note that we live in a progressively technology-driven world, with many millions of people now having a quite public profile online.

Those various social media sites are truly myriad, and they are proliferating with a constancy that is truly riveting. Some people spend hours each day communicating with others.

Is that a good thing?

Well, it certainly can be, to an extent, given that connecting through social media is a fast and effective way to stay in touch with family members and friends.

A commentator in one recent article notes, though, that there can be a definite downside to sharing information on the web with, potentially, legions of other people.

And that downside is rather obvious. As noted by the above-cited writer in a discussion of divorce and social media, the information that any party disseminates on the Internet is "somewhere out there floating in cyberspace." Moreover, it is quite possible that such will permanently be the case.

That may be quite alright for a harmless picture or a rather innocuous entry concerning a get-together in your Southern California home, but can the same be said about an emotional detail regarding an impending or recent divorce?

As the above commentator notes, the inclination to share -- that is, to vent, complain, cry, revel, reach out, whatever -- at certain times during the divorce process is readily understandable. The experience is singular and all-encompassing, and the need for a bit of outside communication is anything but aberrational.

There are many reasons to resist posting things online, though, as related by the above writer.

And they can especially loom large when the subject matter relates to marital dissolution.

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