Facebook Involved in 33 Percent of UK Divorces
January 3, 2012 10:51 AM
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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.
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1/4/2012 10:47:50 AM
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.
1/6/2012 3:17:15 PM
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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