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Facebook Harms American Marriages, Survey Suggests

Facebook Cited in More Divorces Cases
We knew that Facebook has torn apart many a marriage across the pond. But according to a recent survey, it's become just as problematic for couples here in the US, too.

A survey of high-profile divorce lawyers throughout the country reveals that increasing numbers of quarrelsome couples are now using Facebook data as evidence of marital infidelity. As attorney Mary Cay Trace told MyFoxPhilly, "More and more I have clients coming in and I say, 'Why are you here today?' And they say, 'Facebook.'" Trace went on to point out that the social network now allows frustrated spouses to more easily "find somebody to replace what you think is missing in your marriage." By the same token, it's also a lot easier for lovers to find incriminating proof of their significant others' unfaithfulness. One woman, for example, recently discovered a trail of lovey dovey Facebook messages that her husband sent to his old high school sweetheart. Upon busting them, she abruptly ended their 13-year marriage, and the aforementioned sweetheart soon followed suit.

We've all known for a while now that spouses are using social networking transcripts as justification for ending marriages -- even in the courtroom. And, as we've said before, that doesn't come as a huge surprise. Virtually everything we do today leaves some sort of trail behind us, whether it's in the form of cell phone bills, e-mail exchanges, or Wall posts. Facebook just happens to be the most convenient means by which we can find lost loves, former flames, or, as the case may be, quasi-anonymous acquaintances.

You'd think, though, that at some point, the trend would begin to reverse, as more people become more aware of the indelibility of their actions. Instead of seeing social networking as an opportunity to check out other men or women, perhaps people will begin to see the ubiquitous phenomenon as a good reason not to cheat, in the same way that surveillance cameras at ATMs often discourage criminals from theft. A lot of people, of course, will always cave to carnal temptation, and may very well use social networking to satisfy that craving. But that doesn't necessarily negate the potential for Facebook and its brethren to strengthen as many marriages as it purportedly destroys. [From: MyFoxPhilly; via: FOXNews]

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