Is Facebook a relationship killer?

According to a new survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, one in five divorces involve Facebook. An amazing 80 per cent of divorce lawyers have also reported a spike in the number of cases that use social media for evidence of cheating. Facebook was by far the biggest offender, with 66 per cent of lawyers citing it as the primary source of evidence in a divorce case. MySpace followed with 15 per cent, Twitter at 5 per cent and other choices lumped together at 14 per cent.

Flirty messages and photographs found on Facebook are increasingly being cited as proof of unreasonable behavior or irreconcilable differences.

Many cases revolve around social media users who get back in touch with old flames they hadn’t heard from in many years.

Marriage counselor Terry Real said he believes some users go on Facebook to create a fantasy life and escape the drudgery.

‘There is nothing more seductive that the ‘one that got away’ fantasy that’s always better than someone who is up to her eyeballs in bills,’ he told ABC News in the U.S..

But he said Facebook is not really to blame.

‘Before it was email, then before that it was the phone. The problem is not Facebook, it is the loss of love in your marriage,’ he said.

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10 Responses to Is Facebook a relationship killer?

  1. C.H. McDermott

    December 6, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Yip. I know more than one couple that FB’d their marriages straight into domestic court.

  2. lazersedge

    December 6, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Anyone stupid enough to put personal, incriminating information on face book deserves what they get. Maybe it will keep some of the idiots from procreating.

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  4. Robert Douglas

    December 6, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Actually Holte,
    shouldn’t the caption under the picture of the pretty lady holding a M-16 read “Where is HE?”, after she read about her husband’s girlfiend on his facebook page.

    • Holte Ender

      December 6, 2010 at 1:47 pm

      In my imagination she wants to kill HER.

  5. greenlight

    December 6, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I think there’s some truth to Facebook and other social media websites facilitating infidelity, but I think it more often simply increases the transparency of that infidelity.

    Genuine commitment isn’t predicated on how readily available alternatives might be.

  6. Jess

    December 6, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Well the book of faces is sure a time suck, that takes you away from your other. One reason I don’t get involved with it among the many.

    • mbarnato

      December 6, 2010 at 2:49 pm

      This is the aspect that came to my mind too, Jess. I know of one couple for which he thought she spent too much time online. It can be a definite means of avoidance. They’re now divorced… I can be a bit of an internet junkie, so I generally stay offline when my sweetie is home.

      • Jess

        December 6, 2010 at 4:47 pm

        Mine isn’t too much into the computer, unless he is doing some research for whatever. He says he sits behind one most days, why would he want to come home and do that. Then he will proceed to get on the computer to play his online games.

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    December 6, 2010 at 8:21 pm

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