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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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