Facebook “Friends” and Divorce

1 Feb

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A few weeks ago for class assignment, I was researching the percentage of divorces that were attributed to Facebook.  I was designing a study to measure the correlation between divorce and Facebook use.  I found several articles here and here about the link (or possible link) between Facebook and divorce.

The article in the Telegraph states:

The most common reason seemed to be people having inappropriate sexual chats with people they were not supposed to.

Flirty emails and messages found on Facebook pages are increasingly being cited as evidence of unreasonable behaviour.

I was wondering if this is actually true?  Is the average Joe or Jane actually using FB to cheat?  If I were putting together a web-survey here are a few questions I would include:

Do you know anyone that divorce or even broke-up because of Facebook?

Was the inclination to cheat already present, and Facebook added fuel to the fire?

Are women more likely to cheat using FB as opposed to men?

Is there a link between the number of “friends” and the cheating? (ie. the more friends a person has, the more likely that person is to cheat)

What do you think, what’s your opinion on this topic?

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8 Responses to “Facebook “Friends” and Divorce”

  1. Cyn February 1, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    I think Facebook is the symptom and the real cause is shady people.
    The internet was the cause of my divorce but it certainly helped. Porn addiction, friending a million half naked chicks on FB, Myspace, and adult FB type sites. But that says more about the character of the person than the website.

    • Natasha Williams February 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

      Fist, thanks for commenting! I visited your blog and I love it. Is there anyway for me to subscribe to it by email?

      Second, thanks for sharing. I’m sorry to hear about your divorce. I agree, it’s not FB any of the other social networking sites, it’s the person and how they misuse them.

  2. Tiffany In Houston February 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    I think with FB, people take liberties they may not in real life. Before I got engaged, women on my husband’s FB page seemed to get a bit more out of pocket but it calmed down once we got engaged (and a few deletions were made.)

    However, I do know of one FB divorce. My husband’s childhood friend’s wife reconnected with a dude on FB (who was also married) and ended up having an affair with him. They both left their spouses and she is now pregnant for the man she left her husband for. They had been married at the time for about 5 years. My husband’s friend was totally blindsided.

    • Natasha Williams February 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

      We are friends with a couple, and the husband found out the wife was cheating when he read a post that she placed on her wall. It said, “I miss my Ray of sunshine.” The husband went through the wife’s FB friend list and found a guy named Ray. Ironically it was a guy that he grew up with. Apparently the wife and this Ray connected through FB. He confronted her and eventually she admitted that Ray was just a “friend” of hers. 😦

  3. MrsTDJ February 3, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    I don’t know of any marriages that have ended specifically because of facebook. However, I know several relationships where folks have reunited with old flames on facebook and were subsequently caught. I think folks who are already vulnerable or who don’t realize when someone is running game on them are easy prey for facebook affairs.

  4. NancyB February 10, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

    Being a FB junkie, I had to comment! 🙂 I think you are probably right in saying that the inclination to cheat is already there and FB just made for an easy way to make a connection. It would be nice if, when someone found themselves in that mindset, that they looked at their relationship and tried to fix (or end) it before turning to someone else.

    • Natasha Williams February 11, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

      That type of immaturity can probably be attributed to selfishness.

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