Facebook Destroys Marriages

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Him: "Are you unhappy?" Her: "No, of course not. Why do you ask?" Him: "Well, the few rare times we make love you cry out his name, not mine." Her: "Whose name?" Him: "Facebook."

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Yeah, pretty heavy huh? Real life stuff pouring out all over the pages of Gizmodo. But what's it mean?

It means Facebook ends marriages, that's what it means. An astonishing 80% of U.S. divorce lawyers report that social media evidence is now cited in divorce cases as one of the many reasons a marriage comes crashing to an end. One in five doomed married couples cite Facebook by name in their divorce proceedings, according to a recent survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

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While the high number is surprising ("staggering" says the Daily Mail), the behavior it entails is nothing new:

Flirty messages and photographs found on Facebook are increasingly being cited as proof of unreasonable behaviour or irreconcilable differences. Many cases revolve around social media users who get back in touch with old flames they hadn't heard from in many years.

Anyway...80%! That's awful! Completely awful. Heart-wrenching, even. But I understand, and if any of my Facebook lady friends, college flames or high school crushes need to talk, my email's down there at the bottom of the post. [Daily Mail]

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ezrashapiro
ezrashapiro

I don't have a Facebook account. Neither does my wife. Though I believe people are responsible for keeping a marriage working, I also think part of that responsibility is not tempting our basal sides. Facebook is just one more way to loose grasp of your self-control, but so is hugging a friend's spouse in time of need. If you're married, you generally don't need social networks, as they are too addictive and offer nothing to help build a healthy relationship. What we married people do need is to understand that the person we married wants from us all that we're willing to give away to complete strangers. Knowing that might be enough to start giving within the your house, instead of just giving it all away.