Social Networking and Divorce: Facebook now cited as grounds

We all know about the growing popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook, and it has to be said that there are many positive aspects, such as communicating with friends, and also the growing use of businesses using social media for promotion.

We have in the past though reported on how some people can easily become obsessed with Facebook and it seems that is now becoming evident in the divorce courts. A report over on Wigan Today tells us that Facebook and also gaming are now being increasingly used as grounds for divorce. This is not just confined to one area but is reflected across the U.K. as more and more people’s relationships are being ruined by fixations with computer gaming, online gambling and Facebook.

Apart from people spending too much time on social networking and gaming, another problem seems to be that using Facebook often leads to old flames getting back in touch with one another. Indeed, Facebook or obsessional gaming now accounts for 20% of divorces nationwide with evidence such as Facebook wall posts and e-mails increasingly being shown in court as evidence. You may also be interested in an in-depth article about Facebook and divorce, this time by Louisa Hearn over on The Sydney Morning Herald, which also looks at the growing impact of Facebook on relationships, increasingly leading to the divorce courts.

Have you ever been in a relationship that broke down due to either obsession with using social networking, or the rekindling of an old relationship on Facebook? Do you think we’re likely to see more evidence of this over time as Facebook continues to grow in popularity? Why not send us your comments to let us know your views.