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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Facebook Involved in 1 out of 5 Divorces

According to new research, one in five divorces mentions Facebook. This is not to say that Facebook is necessarily to blame for these divorces, only that the social network is mentioned for some reason in the paperwork. However, in 66% of these cases, Facebook was cited as the primary reason for divorce. Also, lawyers say evidence culled from social networks such as Facebook has risen 80% in recent years.

Experts say this data is a little confusing. Since Facebook is the largest and most popular social network, it makes sense that it would dominate in these less tasteful areas, just as it dominates in other areas related to social networking.

A similar study found that over 80% of New York City prostitutes use Facebook regularly as part of their business.

© C Harris Lynn, 2011

1 comment:

Kelli Krafsky said...

Thanks for the focus on Facebook’s impact on marriages. We noticed you used the “1 in 5 divorces involve Facebook” stat. The “stats” around this issue have gotten so loose and messy that we investigated the 14-month history of this stat and put the findings on our blog, Techlationships.com. We encourage you to read “Debunking the 1-in-5 Divorces Linked to Facebook Stat” at http://bit.ly/1in5FB and maybe do a story on it.

BTW, 2 days after our blog post, the Wall Street Journal did an article on it as well validating our findings.

Let us know if you have any questions! K Jason and Kelli Krafsky (The Social Media Couple/Co-Authors of "Facebook and Your Marriage")