Facebook, the space that is meant to promote warm and fuzzy feelings of togetherness is getting buzz for being cited in divorce petitions. One divorce site noted that as many as twenty percent of petitions viewed included the word Facebook. And the number appears to be growing.
Of course Facebook isn’t responsible for making people cheat, or act stupid, but it does apparently provide the needed means. One way that Facebook got into the petitions was due to inappropriate comments left on Facebook, generally in areas viewable by all. Rampant sharing seemed to be a problem too. Some well-intended friends found it necessary to share with the cheated upon things that their partner had shared on Facebook. The whole thing feels like blaming the bar for all the fights that happen in it. But, it’s not necessarily the best publicity for the site.
- A UK-based divorce site found that “Facebook” was seen in over 20 percent of court documents for divorce.
- Many friends will tell their friends if they see a spouse flirting online, causing some relationship woes.
- Many people use Facebook as a, “meat market” in order to publicly degrade their partner in front of others.
“People have yet to learn to make sexual and flirty comments through personal email as opposed to a Facebook wall for all the world (and significant others) to see.”