Facebook Causing Divorces Across the Pond

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When is social networking not a good thing? When it leads to divorce.

Divorce-Online managing director Mark Keenan told Telegraph nearly one out of five divorce petitions processed by his U.K. firm mentioned Facebook, adding:

I had heard from my staff that there were a lot of people saying they had found out things about their partners on Facebook and I decided to see how prevalent it was. I was really surprised to see 20% of all the petitions containing references to Facebook. The most common reason seemed to be people having inappropriate sexual chats with people they were not supposed to.

Telegraph mentioned several other unusual cases of Facebook and other sites spurring divorces, including:

Emma Brady, a 35-year-old conference organizer, discovered that her husband was divorcing her by reading this on Facebook: “Neil Brady has ended his marriage to Emma Brady.”

Amy Taylor, 28, split from David Pollard after discovering that he was sleeping with an escort in virtual-world game Second Life.

Damn you, Facebook, you home wrecker!