1 in 5 Divorces Blamed on Facebook

Divorce-Online recently conducted a study and discovered that Facebook was named in one out of five American divorce petitions this year alone. The most common reason is that spouses are conducting inappropriate sexual chats with Facebook friends. The study, consisting of 5,000 divorce papers, also revealed that MySpace, Twitter, and Bebo also contributed to marital deterioration.

"I had heard from my staff that there were a lot of people saying they had found out things about their partners on Facebook so I decided to see how prevalent it was," Mark Kennan told The Sun. "I was really surprised to see 20-percent of all the petitions containing references to Facebook."

Kennan, who headed the study, said that the inappropriate sexual chats were the most common reason for divorce. He also added that, after scanning the Divorce-Online database for the word "Facebook," he discovered 989 instances of the word in 5,000 petitions.

The Sun also reports that divorce lawyers openly admit to searching through Facebook and other social networking sites in order to dig up dirt on the "errant" spouse.

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    4in5 blamed on the idiotic support system that gives girls a free ride.
  • bunga28
    Blame the partner, not the social networks. If there were no facebook, the spouse would still be an ass/hole. We have become a blame-game society....from the president down to the homeless person (the homeless would say something like, well, the government doesn't help me, which is why i'm homeless...)
  • zak_mckraken
    Yes, Facebook is to blame. Not cheating husbands or loose wifes. Damn you internet!
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    4in5 blamed on the idiotic support system that gives girls a free ride.
  • Anonymous
    If they're stupid enough to think they can get away with cheating online with someone, what's to stop them from taking things one step further and cheating for real?

    They get what they deserve.
  • jonpaul37
    1 in 872,575,283 Are the odds that i care, people are people, you cannot stop them no matter what. There will always be cheating. Facebook only widens the range.