Facebook blamed for 33% of UK divorces

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Apparently, social networking sites have wrecked havoc in people’s relationships with their partners. And Facebook is partly being blamed for relationship fall outs and to some extent, divorces.

Statistics show that in 2011, 33% of those who filed for divorce stated petitions containing Facebook, increasing from only 20% in 2009.

The UK divorce website, Divorce-Online, had a survey and the result were quite appalling. The first survey was done in December 2009 and another one in December 2011. 5,000 respondents were surveyed by the website.

Reasons vary from one another. But there are at least 3 common reasons that came out from the majority. This included Facebook by making comments about their former partners and using their walls in the divorce courts. Here are the top three underlying reasons:

  1. Inappropriate messages to members of the opposite sex.
  2. Separated spouses posting nasty comments about each other.
  3. Facebook friends reporting spouse’s behavior.

Twitter on the other hand had only 20 petitions in its name.

According to a Divorce-Online spokesperson, “social networking has become the primary tool for communication and is taking over from text and e-mail in my opinion. If someone wants to have an affair or flirt with the opposite sex then the easiest place to do it. Also the use of Facebook to make comments about ex partners to friends has become extremely common with both sides using Facebook to vent their grievances against 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.”

We can’t really blame Facebook for these divorces. It is a social tool. This websites help single people find a match. Unfortunately, if misused and abused, Facebook can lead to fall outs.

Image Credit: divorcedwomenonline.com