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.
But now one in five divorces involve the social networking site Facebook, according to a new survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
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.
Marriage counsellor Terry Real said :
"He believes some users go on Facebook to create a fantasy life and escape the drudgery. There is nothing more seductive that the ‘one that got away’ fantasy that’s always better than someone who is up to her eyeballs in bills."
But he said "Facebook is not really to blame. Before it was email, then before that it was the phone. The problem is not Facebook, it is the loss of love in your marriage."