We weren’t surprised at all to learn that Facebook is now being blamed for destroying 20% of the marriages that are coming to an end. The sad statistics when you keep reading.
According to a recent ZDnet.com article the social media site is affecting marriages in a horrible way:
Facebook is cited in 1 out of every 5 divorces in the United States, according to a recent survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). Furthermore, 81 percent of the country’s top divorce attorneys say they have seen an increase in the number of cases using social networking evidence during the past five years. Last but not least, Facebook is the unrivaled leader for online divorce evidence with 66 percent citing it as the primary source.
While pointing out that Facebook isn’t exactly a “dating site,” the article offers a gentle reminder that “Intimate conversations, even online ones, should only be reserved for your significant other.”
“We’re coming across it more and more,” licensed clinical psychologist Steven Kimmons, PhD, of Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois, said in a statement. “One spouse connects online with someone they knew from high school. The person is emotionally available and they start communicating through Facebook. Within a short amount of time, the sharing of personal stories can lead to a deepened sense of intimacy, which in turn can point the couple in the direction of physical contact. I don’t think these people typically set out to have affairs. A lot of it is curiosity. They see an old friend or someone they dated and decide to say ‘hello’ and catch up on where that person is and how they’re doing.”
And next thing you know…. boom chicka bow bow… they are getting it in with that “old friend” wreaking havoc on their already deteriorating marriage.
So sad… but is anybody SURPRISED by this news? Before Facebook, MySpace was breaking up marriages, and before MySpace, Friendster was to blame. Maybe the Amish are on to something with the whole resistance to technology and whatnot!