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Facebook blamed for breaking up marriages

by Steven Mostyn - Jan 2 2012, 14:35

Image: Facebook.

Facebook is good. Facebook is bad. Facebook is good. The argument and blame game rages on and, on this fine Monday morning, Facebook is apparently bad (again).

Moreover, a new report exploring marriage break-ups found that Zuckerberg’s social beast is responsible for inflicting a great many terminal wounds upon said blessed unions.

According to UK research offered up by Divorce-Online, one third of 5,000 petitions filed over the last 12 months cited Facebook as a contributory factor in the relationship’s demise.

“People contact ex-partners [through Facebook] and the messages start as innocent, but lead to trouble,” outlined Divorce-Online managing director Mark Keenan to The Daily Mail.

“If someone wants have an affair or flirt with the opposite sex, then it’s the easiest place to do it,” he added.

The leading areas in which Facebook finds itself labeled as destructive are: Inappropriate messages to the opposite sex; Separated spouses trading nasty comments, and Facebook ‘friends’ reporting bad spousal behavior.

The report also discovered that petitions placing at least partial blame at Facebook’s door have increased by a whopping 50 percent in the last two years.  

“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,” warned Keenan.

But, on the up side, The Tech Herald recently helped buff Facebook’s reputation by reporting on a 51-year-old agoraphobia sufferer who used the network throughout 2011 to experience the world beyond her home.

See, it’s not all bad.

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