Facebook Ruins Marriages, Quoth Science

A new study says that Facebook is destroying the otherwise utterly solid and incorruptible institution of marriage. The survey, done by UK legal services firm Divorce Online, found that up to a third of divorce filings contain the word “Facebook.” According to the website Smart Money:

“Affairs happen with a lightning speed on Facebook,” says K. Jason Krafsky, who authored the book “Facebook and Your Marriage” with his wife Kelli. In the real world, he says, office romances and out-of-town trysts can take months or even years to develop. “On Facebook,” he says, “they happen in just a few clicks.”

What I surmise from this is that Facebook is literally reaching through the computer, holding a gun to peoples’ heads and saying, “Have an affair, you monogamous bastard!!!!!”

Right? Because we are clearly not responsible for our own actions.

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    • Cee

      Its not that facebook “makes you” cheat, its that social networking facilitates cheating. I mean, before they popped up you would not be able to know in detail what your ex, high school crush, or first boyfriend are doing so instantly and able to easily contact them. Back then you would have to WORK for this kind of knowledge and keep the right friends that might possibly yield this information. Now you can just swoop in on whoever you like as soon as their status changes to Single, if that matters. Not to mention there are many people that say they feel they have shitty lives when they see their friends having so much fun doing things they are not. (having children, clubbing, partying, traveling..so on)

      It is not an excuse. I would not be okay that a cheater would say “facebook made me do it,” but you can’t deny that there is a high number of cases in which infidelity (emotional or otherwise) has now had the common occurrence in which someone reconnected/met that person through facebook.