In case you missed it, Facebook is being blamed for 20 percent of all divorces according to a recent study conducted last year, with divorce petitions citing references to the popular site, along with other social networking/virtual world sites like Second Life and Yoville.
Mark Keenan, Managing Director of Divorce-Online said “The most common reason seemed to be people having inappropriate sexual chats with people they were not supposed to.”
While this was initially being reported at the end of last year, it’s still going on. A recent news report by WHAS11.com posted today who interviewed a man who said Facebook led to his divorce.
According to the report: The man’s ex-wife went to her high school reunion and saw an old flame, but the meeting didn’t stop there. His wife and the old flame started to message each other through Facebook. The divorcee says he went into her account, saw inappropriate messages and the marriage went downhill from there.
Certainly social networking sites like these can create temptation and make it easier to connect with old flames and other dirty birdies, but you can’t really put all the blame on the websites. There had to be problems at home to begin with that led up to the actual act(s) of betrayal. If anything, it’s more of a reflection of the times. In the past, it was usually a co-worker that was involved. Nowadays it can happen almost anywhere.
If you happen to be doing naughty things on Facebook, MySpace or anywhere else virtually, and just can’t keep it in your cyber pants, you should remember this: anything you say can and will be used against you in court, because posted pictures and comments can be used as evidence.
A good marriage counselor might be cheaper in the long run.