Most people have come to the conclusion that Facebook can be destructive to relationships, but we had no idea that it could end so many marriages.
By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Facebook is one of the most successful and widely poplar social networks we’ve ever seen. Before it, there was MySpace, but Facebook has changed social networking in such a way that it can no longer be called a fad, and is now it is officially a publicly traded company. When everyone you know can be located on a website, there is always room for trouble and relationship problems. Every single one of us dreads the day we log in to see that relationship status change our partner didn’t discuss with us; and we all have to admit Facebook has made it that much easier to stalk lovers and figure out who’s not being loyal with something as simple as walls and comments on photo albums.
With the recent wedding ceremony of the site creator Mark Zuckerburg to his longtime girlfriend, one has to wonder if Zuckerburg can resist falling victim to the same fate a third of all marriages succumb to in this country.
A recent survey conducted by the participation of divorce lawyers (Divorce Online) founded that more than a third of all UK divorces were a result of a Facebook mishap. Documented in more than a third of all divorce filings was the word “Facebook.” And to make matters worse, more than 80% of US divorce lawyers say they have seen a rise in the number of cases that cited the social network as the cause of marital woes.
With potential mistresses and secret lovers only a few clicks and likes away, is it really fair to blame the bulk of this country’s breakups on one website? Are we just going to act like self-control is the unicorn of this generation–more like a mystical creature than a real character trait? Or could we all just be itching for someone else to blame for our boredom of monogamy?
Speak on it.