If you think that “special” time you or your partner spends on Facebook is just a little harmless fun, then you may want to, well, WAKE UP. Studies have found that Facebook can actually be serious trouble for a relationship and is responsible for one-third of divorces. One-third!
A U.K. website that focuses on divorce conducted a study in 2009 and another in 2011 on the reasons why people file for divorce. They found that in 2009, 20 percent of the petitions for divorce cited “Facebook” as among the reasons for the split. If that doesn’t already shock you, the study conducted in 2011 saw that number rise to 33 percent! They also found that the most common reasons behind citing Facebook as a contributing factor included “Facebook cheating,” which refers to inappropriate messages sent to Facebook “friends” of the opposite sex.
The British weren’t the only ones to survey just how many divorces may have been Facebook-related. A survey by American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that 66 percent of divorce lawyers reported a notable increase in the number of divorces blamed on social networking sites, with 80 percent of those being specifically related to Facebook. It also found that one in every five divorces in the United States involve Facebook. Just as with the results from the UK, inappropriate messages to people of the opposite sex were cited as the biggest problem.
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About Jim Liebelt
Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
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