Skip to comments.The marriage killer: One in five American divorces now involve Facebook
Posted on 12/02/2010 7:25:10 AM PST by SeekAndFind
It used to be the tell-tale lipstick on the collar. Then there were the give-away texts that spelled the death knell for many marriages.
But now one in five divorces involve social networking site Facebook, according to a new survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
A staggering 80 per cent of divorce lawyers have also reported a spike in the number of cases that use social media for evidence of cheating.
Flirty messages and photographs found on Facebook are increasingly being cited as proof of unreasonable behaviour or irreconcilable differences.
Many cases revolve around social media users who get back in touch with old flames they hadnt heard from in many years.
Facebook was by far the biggest offender, with 66 per cent of lawyers citing it as the primary source of evidence in a divorce case. MySpace followed with 15 per cent, Twitter at 5 per cent and other choices lumped together at 14 per cent.
The survey reflects the findings of UK law firm last year showing that 20 per cent of its divorce petitions blamed Facebook flings.
The most common reason seemed to be people having inappropriate sexual chats with people they were not supposed to, said Mark Keenan, managing director of Divorce-Online.
Friends Reunited faced similar claims when it was launched to help people reconnect with old classmates, but the 23 million plus people now using Facebook in Britain means it is having a much bigger effect on rising divorce rates.
Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria recently split from her basketball player husband Tony Parker after alleging that he strayed with a woman he kept in touch with on Facebook.
An American minister also made the headlines recently when he called Facebook a portal to infidelity and insisted that his congregation delete their accounts
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Social Media is a bad actor. I knew it when Prodigy came out.
How is it the fault of FaceBook or any other website that people cheat?
So more than 20% of marriages end now because of cheating?
FR is a bad influence too. I spend way too much time surfing here.
You won't find what you don't go looking for.
so... what are you wearing?
And myface. And spacebook.
Blaming Facebook is the same as blaming the gun for a murder.
Damn you Al Gore!
Freepmail wagglebee to subscribe or unsubscribe from the moral absolutes ping list.
Mr. trisham is on Facebook. Fortunately, we have a perfect marriage.
It is known as the liberal 'view'.
See, it has to be 'somethings' fault, otherwise it would have to be 'somebodys' fault.
As in lack of moral principles, lack of committment, lack of faith.
Everyone of my ex girlfriends have friended me on Facebook. Neither me or my wife have a problem with it. We take our vows very seriously and have the utmost trust in each other. The rest falls nicely into place.
Kilt full commando
Before the internet, these same class of dingbats would hook up at local pool halls or parking lots with jerks they met through personal ads or hanging out.
I let my kids set up Facebook accounts while they were still in high school with one condition: Dad had to be one of their friends. Even though they are grown up and in college and married, I'm still a Facebook friend. They could unfriend me at anytime because they are paying their own way now . . . but they don't and its very comforting for me, a parent, to see who they are hanging around with now.
So it cuts both ways.
Cheap affairs...at least at the bar you get drinks
Previous responsible parties include the text message, the cellular phone, the land-line telephone, the telegram, the mail carrier, the pen-and-paper, and the stone tablet.
Facebook doesn’t kill marriages ... people do.
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