A recent survey found that one third of married couples splitting up in the UK last year mention Facebook as a costar in their divorces. Facebook: is there anything it can't help fuck up?
The survey was conducted by Divorce-Online, a website about, uh, divorce. The site asked around 5,000 people in 2009 and 2011 about their spouses' behavior. In 2009, about one in five of the responses contained the word "Facebook." Now, it's one in three. Typical Facebook antics of the divorcing include inappropriate messages exchanged with members of the opposite sex, friends of the couple discovering impropriety over the social network and reporting it to the blissfully unaware spouse, and mutual trash talking, all of which is completely fascinating, I'm sure, to the public fighters' high school classmates.
Other social networking websites like Twitter weren't as scapegoated by the Brits scorned, but a fifth of divorcing folk still claim the site played a role in their splits.
It's possible that people who use a divorce support website may be more internet-savvy and therefore likely to use Facebook in the first place than their unplugged counterparts, and thus this survey's results could be a little on the high side compared to the general population. However, this survey reinforces comments by American attorneys that said Facebook and MySpace (ha!) played a role in almost every divorce case they'd handled in recent years. It's an epidemic. Hide your kids, hide your wife, hide all the pictures anyone ever tagged you in.
What did we blame for things before Facebook happened? Did people get mad at Friendster like they get mad at Facebook? And finally, how many marital dissolutions are to be blamed on that confounded Pony Express and morality besotting it's done to all the womenfolk? Filling their heads with crazy ponyriding ideas.
Facebook involved in 33 percent of UK divorces [DailyTech]