I was telling my husband recently about a couple we know who recently broke up. He said without missing a beat, “Did it involve Facebook?”
I didn’t know at the time of our conversation if it did involve Facebook but found out later, it DID. So I started searching online “Facebook and Marriage breakups” and found some interesting stats.
“More than a third of divorce filings last year contained the word Facebook, according to a U.K. survey by Divorce Online, a legal services firm. And over 80% of U.S. divorce attorneys say they’ve seen a rise in the number of cases using social networking, according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. “I see Facebook issues breaking up marriages all the time,” says Gary Traystman, a divorce attorney in New London, Conn. Of the 15 cases he handles per year where computer history, texts and emails are admitted as evidence, 60% exclusively involve Facebook.”
“Affairs happen with a lightning speed on Facebook,” says K. Jason Krafsky, who authored the book “Facebook and Your Marriage” with his wife Kelli. In the real world, he says, office romances and out-of-town trysts can take months or even years to develop. “On Facebook,” he says, “they happen in just a few clicks.” The social network is different from most social networks or dating sites in that it both re-connects old flames and allows people to “friend” someone they may only met once in passing. “It puts temptation in the path of people who would never in a million years risk having an affair,” he says. Facebook declined to comment.”
So what do you think: Does Facebook make reconnecting with an old flame or meeting someone new too easy? Was Facebook involved with your break up? Was it the cause of the break up or just where you went after to find solace?
Is it fair to blame Facebook?