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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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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.

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