Effects of Facebook on Marriage
Private online messages have replaced mysterious phone calls, as the Internet has made cheating much easier than ever before, especially with the help of social networking sites like Facebook.
In fact, a survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers revealed that Facebook infidelity accounts for twenty percent of divorces. Online cheating is so prominent now that nearly eighty percent of divorce laywers have seen an increase in the number of divorce cases that use social media like Facebook for evidence, ABC's Good Morning America reported.
Believe it or not, there's actually a website devoted to Facebook infidelity called FacebookCheating.com. It was founded by Ken Savage of Boston, Massachusetts because--you guessed it--his now ex-wife cheated on him with an old boyfriend.
ABC News reported that therapists believe Facebook can't be entirely blamed for the incidences of infidelity:
A connection is made and it starts out platonic and can later turn into something more. But such connections cannot solely be blamed on Facebook, therapists say.
Marriage counselor Terry Real added: "Before it was e-mail, then before that it was the phone. The problem is not Facebook, it is the loss of love in your marriage."