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Twitter was responsible for 20 percent of UK divorces

Last year, Raleigh, North Carolina attorneys reported that Facebook and MySpace were involved in most divorce cases due to a spouse's inappropriate behavior on such social networking sites. Now, it seems the UK has the same complaint.

Divorce-Online, a UK divorce website, conducted a survey consisting of 5,000 people in 2009 and 2011. The participants were asked a series of questions regarding their spouse's behavior, which included their online behavior.

According to the survey's results, 20 percent of behavior petitions in 2009 contained the word Facebook. In 2011, this number jumped to 33 percent.

Other social networking sites didn't reach that high of a percentage. For instance, Twitter was only at 20 percent in 2011, and the problem associated with the network is that spouse's used it to make comments about exes.

However, the reasons for listing Facebook on the behavior petitions were inappropriate messages sent to a person of the opposite sex, Facebook friends reporting spouse's behavior, and separated spouses posting harsh comments about each other.

"People need to be careful what they write on their walls as the courts are seeing these posts being used in financial disputes and children cases as evidence," said Mark Keenan, a spokesman for Divorce-Online.

Source: T3

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By DaveLessnau on 1/3/2012 12:23:22 PM , Rating: 2
So, are the people who use Facebook and Twitter the kind of people who end up in these divorces? Or, are the people who end up in these divorces the kind of people who use Facebook and Twitter?

RE: Causation
By Gondor on 1/3/2012 12:36:23 PM , Rating: 5
The latter. Proud to say I don't use either (not for the marital reasons but because I find the concept of giving away my personal info to a company to collect downright absurd). I have real life friends, I meet with them every now and then, go for a drink or something. I don't care what they just ate or how consistent their stool was and I really couldn't care less about those who cannot be bothered to get in touch with me in real (offline) life :)

RE: Causation
By FITCamaro on 1/4/2012 9:24:32 AM , Rating: 2
I find it more as a way to share funny things with those who I know and get together with in real life. Not a replacement for it. I'm not "friends" with people who I haven't seen in 10 years "just because".

RE: Causation
By Wolfpup on 1/4/2012 5:36:53 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, totally agree. I mean I do like the internet to keep in touch when I can't be there in person, but I don't need Facebook for that, and don't want my personal info flaunted about.

RE: Causation
By thatmikeguy on 1/6/2012 2:29:00 PM , Rating: 2
That would be the same, x=0 is the same as 0=x. So the answer is yes. lol

RE: Causation
By Tony Swash on 1/3/2012 12:59:54 PM , Rating: 1
Interestingly I was watching a fly on the wall documentary about the day to day work of the cops in a UK town recently and was surprised when several cops mentioned how many 'incidents' they get called to that relate to Facebook. Mostly people threatening or bullying people I think.

RE: Causation
By Schrag4 on 1/3/2012 1:08:36 PM , Rating: 2
Bully somone on FB in the UK and the cops show up at your door? I shiver when I think that we're slowly turning into that.

RE: Causation
By geddarkstorm on 1/3/2012 3:02:47 PM , Rating: 1
Dem's fighting words! Therefore, I shall run off and tell my mommy-- I mean, police officers.

RE: Causation
By foolsgambit11 on 1/3/2012 5:33:47 PM , Rating: 3
Bully someone, by any means, and if the person bullied files a police report, the cops will show up at your door. Notice the OP didn't say that the cops were monitoring FB.

RE: Causation
By Tony Swash on 1/3/12, Rating: 0
RE: Causation
By Schrag4 on 1/3/2012 1:06:40 PM , Rating: 2
I would say the latter, but that's not necessarily accurate either. Note the title of the article says that FB is "involved" in those divorces. If it was due to cheating, FB probably just helped things along (the cheater would have cheated with or without FB). If it was because the spouse caught them by reading their FB posts, then, again, they would have caught them some other way. FB is just a tool.

I'm sure email has been "involved" in the break ups of orders of magnitude more couples, given how long it has been around and the number of people that use it compared to FB. And I'm sure the telephone has been involved in many more break ups than even that. Doesn't mean they're causes. Again, just tools. And this is coming from someone who refuses to join FB.

RE: Causation
By maven81 on 1/3/2012 2:11:28 PM , Rating: 5
"If it was due to cheating, FB probably just helped things along (the cheater would have cheated with or without FB). If it was because the spouse caught them by reading their FB posts, then, again, they would have caught them some other way. FB is just a tool."

You don't appreciate how easy it makes it to reconnect with people from your past. Imagine you knew someone years ago that now lives on the other side of the country. Chances are you're not going to know their e-mail address. You probably won't know their phone number either unless you've kept in touch all this time. But you search for them on facebook, and there they are. You can't say that this was easy to do before social networks. The chances that you'd bump into that person again were really slim.
(and then before you know it your wife decides she liked that college friend better then she likes you and she's off to California. True story).

RE: Causation
By Shig on 1/3/2012 3:35:22 PM , Rating: 5
Most young people just have wildly high standards of marriage. Marriage is really hard to keep strong, especially in these times.

Society isn't helping either when people see Kim Kardashian stay married for less than a few months and begin to think that's acceptable...

Joel Stein from Time magazine summed it up pretty well with this quote - "The marriage is now less important than the wedding, which is less important than the FB pictures of the wedding, which are less important than the bachaelorette party, which is less important than the FB pictures of the bachaelorette party."

RE: Causation
By Bostlabs on 1/3/2012 4:52:18 PM , Rating: 2
I have a FB account. I hardly ever use it. However a while back I was contacted by someone from my High School days to add them as a friend as they were doing a grand reunion and were wanting to gather info on old class mates.

I accepted the FR and the many that followed that from class mates. I figured it might be interesting to see how they turned out.

90% of them haven't changed one bit. Still have the same problems with the same guys/girls as they had when we were in school! Amazing! I even received a email from a girl I had a crush on (for a bit) asking me for help in securing her laptop from her boy friend.

Ok I'm not falling into that trap. Never answered that email and made a folder for all these old class mates and dumped them all into it. Never check on them or care if they stay FB friends or not.

I can understand why FB would be involved in divorce... esp with that group. LOL.

RE: Causation
By edge929 on 1/5/2012 3:32:08 PM , Rating: 2
This was exactly my brothers situation. Married for 7 years, wife got the 7 year itch, friend-ed one of her ex-boyfriends on FB who lived one state away, the grass-is-greener bug bit hard and 4 months later they were divorced. The only funny part about it was that, to this day, she doesn't know that my brother installed spyware on her computer after he suspected it was FB. He never told her he knew the "real" reason she wanted a divorce.

RE: Causation
By Hiawa23 on 1/3/2012 8:42:34 PM , Rating: 5
Can't really blame Facebook for people making bad choices.

RE: Causation
By ekv on 1/4/2012 5:02:14 AM , Rating: 2
people making bad choices
Maybe this'll sound dumb, but what you wrote suggests to me an interesting web-site. Especially if I can work Google Ads into it.

RE: Causation
By Hiawa23 on 1/4/2012 10:47:50 AM , Rating: 2
I just think if you were going to cheat, you were going to cheat whether it be in a bar, or in a grocery store, movie theater, so why some would tie to FB is interesting. I have an account, & it has allowed me to hook up with some old friends & family, so I love FB, now people have to take responsibility for their own lives & the choices they make.

RE: Causation
By thatmikeguy on 1/6/2012 3:17:15 PM , Rating: 2
Well, like someone said above. When a large amount of people are typing about every single detail of their (usually fake) life each day and it becomes habitual, other things eventually get out. "Most" people don't think about everything that's really happening when they type something on the net, or even see a difference between an anonymous site they just left and FB. Many people go from saying one thing on an anonymous site (about an opinion they actually have) then mindlessly type it on FB as a giant can-o-worms, then spend months or years having to defend it. You can see this if you just read and track other websites with pin names people post on FB. It's funny, new-age people watching FTW.

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