One of the best uses of Facebook is to catch your cheating spouse! According to one law firm, over 20 percent of new divorce petitions contain references to Facebook. Mark Keenan, Managing Director of Divorce-Online said “The most common reason seemed to be people having inappropriate sexual chats with people they were not supposed to.” While I’m not sure how people get caught having inappropriate private chats with others, the technical details were not described by the law firm.
An increasingly common reason being cited is “Flirty emails and messages found on Facebook pages”. So if you are married, you may want to avoid posting comments on the profiles of people who are of the opposite sex, especially if the messages are flirty or sexually oriented. All the examples used in a Telegraph news article were from virtual worlds, like Second Life or Yoville.
Jealous husbands and wives beware! Friending your lover on Facebook could have damaging implications. While I regularly see relationships begin and end in my Facebook feed, divorce feed stories are much more rare. Divorces also result in the “Post-Breakup Facebook Effect” that I previously wrote about.
Ultimately Facebook is not the reason why couples get divorced though, as it requires at least one member of the relationship to cross some sort of line whether digital or physical. I’ve heard numerous stories about couples who’s relationship was on the verge of ending thanks to Facebook. Just as there are limitations to what’s acceptable in person, there are also new rules being being created for Facebook behavior.