In an article published yesterday, The Telegraph reported:
The social networking site, which connects old friends and allows users to make new ones online, is being blamed for an increasing number of marital breakdowns.
Divorce lawyers claim the explosion in the popularity of websites such as Facebook and Bebo is tempting to people to cheat on their partners…
One law firm, which specialises in divorce, claimed almost one in five petitions they processed cited Facebook.
To suggest that Facebook is at least partially to blame for 20% of divorces seems a bit of an exaggeration to me. And the article does cite only one law firm reporting that number, so it could be an anomaly. Who knows, the reporter may have even intentionally chosen to cite the highest number they could find in an attempt to add weight to their claim.
Never the less, it does make sense that with Facebook’s power to help people connect and reconnect, that people would use it to develop inappropriate relationships.
So, what do you think? Does Facebook deserve the blame for helping to facilitate affairs?
Do you think increased use of Facebook and other social networking sites is going to lead to an even higher divorce rate?[heard through Mashable, image johnbullas]