Survey: Facebook Flirting Wrecks a Third of Marriages

Paul Lilly

Neil Sedaka sang how "Breaking Up is Hard to Do," though if he were to go back after all these years and add another verse, it would have to include a disclaimer about Facebook, even if he decides to only sing the bonus lyrics when touring the U.K. According to a survey carried out by U.K. divorce website Divorce-Online, 33 percent of divorce petitions filed in 2011 made mention of the world's largest social playground.

Divorce-Online conducted the same survey in December 2009 and found that a fifth of behavior petitions contained the world "Facebook."

"A follow up survey in December 2011 has found that number has alarmingly increased during 2011 to 33 percent of behavior allegations in petitions," Divorce-Online stated in a blog post . "5,000 petitions were queried as in the 2009 sample."

The survey found that the most common reason for citing Facebook was related to spouses interacting with the opposite sex by exchanging "inappropriate messages." Post breakup, spouses also turned to Facebook to post "nasty comments about each other" and used the social networking site as a spy tool with "Facebook friends reporting spouse's behavior," according to Divorce-Online.

"Social networking has become the primary tool for communication and is taking over from text and email in my opinion," said Mark Keenan, a spokesman for Divorce-Online. "People need to be careful what they write on their walls as the courts are seeing these posts being used in financial disputes and children cases as evidence."

Twitter, by the way, appeared in 20 percent of divorce petitions.

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