Facebook blamed for one in five divorces

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Facebook is at the root of one in five divorces says legal services website Divorce-Online, which contends social networking services are prompting users to engage in inappropriate communication with online contacts. According to Divorce-Online, a scan of 5,000 divorce petitions in its database reveals the word ‘Facebook' is cited in 949 cases. "The most common reason seemed to be people having inappropriate sexual chats with people they were not supposed to," said Divorce-Online managing director Mark Keenan. According to The Telegraph, one woman learned her relationship was over when her husband updated his Facebook status to read "Neil Brady has ended his marriage to Emma Brady." (Which sounds less like the fault of Facebook and more like having really poor taste in men in the first place, but there you go.)

For more on Facebook's impact:
- read this Telegraph article

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