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Facebook Divorce Rate In 2011: New Statistics

Having already discussed “Social Networking Etiquette“, we thought we would take a look at another issue, and that is the Facebook divorce rate in 2011. These new statistics seem a little worrying, and for good reason, as divorces have been on the rise not only because of Facebook but other social websites as well.

The reason for this is due to the fact that people are now able to use websites like Facebook to cheat on their partners, many of us have seen for ourselves how people behave on Facebook, this is just another one of those behaviors. Do not think that this gives you the green light to go out and have an affair, as social networking websites are also being used to catch you out.

According to one report on TheTechJournal, more than 20 percent of an online divorce lawyers case list was because of an affair that started on Facebook. However, not all of them involve sexual relations, “The most common reason seemed to be people having inappropriate sexual chats with people they were not supposed to.”

Having said that, this is still no excuse and no chats of a sexual or flirty nature should happen if you are in a committed relationship — unless you have an understanding of-course.

There is even a case where one woman learned that her husband was divorcing her via Facebook, as he was seeing someone who he met on The Social Network. One thing we do know looking at the latest statistics, Facebook and MySpace pages will now be introduced more and more over the coming months in divorce courts, so you had best watch out.

Have you ever caught your partner out on Facebook or MySpace?

Written by Peter Chubb

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Chima Etochukwu

hello i have a  lady whom i love so so dearly, put she left me to another man all because of facebook.
Now am left alone with tears on my eyes. who will clean up my eyes?????

jules
jules

i laughed when i heard that this morning. brought back memories of my ex-husband announcing his engagement on facebook while we were still married. I don't blame facebook but having that social networking at your fingertips when honestly marriage at times unless both partners are totally dedicated 100 % not just to their family – which we were caught in that trap, but to each other and take the time to honor each other, it is so easy to think the grass is greener on the other side or someone else can make you feel more fulfilled. When in reality….… Read more »

Cory
Cory

It's like the saying
"guns don't kill people, people kill people".

Same thing applies here.
Nothing wrong with Facebook (other then lack of privacy). If people are cheaters by nature, they will use the tools to do so. Sure FB makes it easier to connect; however, if they really want to cheat, they don't need FB to do it.

Asif
Asif

guys I will pray for forgiveness and hope for a better change because all we have is never enough……..

Voice Of Sense
Voice Of Sense

A lot of points well made here, except people are forgetting……its a website. A simple amalgamation of lines of code. To blame a website like Facebook for the break up of your marriage is like blaming a tree for breaking up your marriage or saying it was your wedding dresses fault. Lines of web code have no intention, no ulterior motive or subversive purpose to destroy marriages,websites don't cheat and send sexy messages to people, thats what people do. All Facebook has done is made it easier for fools to attempt to cheat and easier to get caught, like when… Read more »

wally
wally

Well I must say that I have to blame social networking for providing the platform for the break-up of my marriage of 19.5 years. It is very difficult to accept and isn't fair to our children. I am not aware of it's beginning but I am most certainly aware of how it ends, I am glad that I have the sanity left to move forward in very difficult situation. I don't blame the social networks, they aren't at fault, those who choose adultery will answer for their moral crimes and the price they pay is most certainly not worth the… Read more »

Dave
Dave

facebook is for the socially retarded.to be constantly in need of interaction akins of someone that talks on the phone to much. get a life . opening closed chapters that should never be reopened and living out in the open is socially uncooth. try dedicating something to your family instead of playing some idiotic social fishing game.

Natalie
Natalie

It's not Facebook, or Social Network fault. And you all know that. If you wanna cheat – you'll find the way to cheat with or without Facebook. I'm in a relationship right now. And i met my ex "flame" on social network. I just said hi, that's it. Do i have to continue? No. It's all up to me to decide. People always looking for explanations, but better look at yourself, your partner, and your relationship. Maybe it was over long time before Facebook

Anonymous
Anonymous

One more data point showing what a bunch of spoiled, immature babies so many people are in this country. Anyone filing for divorce because of "inappropriate chatting" on social media needs to grow up. If judges have any common sense, they will view people who think this is "evidence" of wrongdoing as psychos and feel sorry for the other person involved and being accused.

Christopher Morvant
Christopher Morvant

Facebook has also ended friendships as well. I have had this site auto-block and auto-remove friends from my lists often in the past few months. This has caused me no end of misery because of the way it also ties into Yahoo Messenger which has had a virus as of the past couple of months that also auto-deletes and auto-blocks people on your messenger list.

annoyed
annoyed

losers

TRACY
TRACY

I met my wife because of Facebook. We had been best friends in Jr. High and the first two years of High School. Then my family moved away and I never talked to her again. Then a few years ago she found me on Facebook and we rekindled our friendship it. I was single and she was divorced. We fell madly in love, got married six months later and now two years later we have a three month old son. So I am sorry people have lost partners because of it….I have to say THANK YOU FACEBOOK!!!!!!

sana
sana

Honestly and sincerely it is their character, and the lack of a better word.. Self love, if they can't love themselves how on earth can you expect them to love you. Who is not worthy of that of kind of love? If a man or woman loves you and has no questions as to a moral code they follow NOTHING would lead them anywhere, but into your arms. Morals ladies and gentleman is what it is. If you don't have any, you do not care who you hurt, you search for yourself & tear down every solid connection in your… Read more »

Sage of the Age
Sage of the Age

My beautiful daughter in law whom I adored joined facebook and gradually turned into a completely different person from the lovely girl we once knew. She became obsessed with herself, changing her profile picture sometimes twice a day announcing every move she made (like anyone really cared) but she became more and more obsessed with herself. She began to think of herself in rockstar proportions. A girl who nursed her two babies for 6 months to a wild, bar hopping, party animal bringing guys home all hours of the night while her two little boys slept in the next room.… Read more »

Scmusic
Scmusic

Wow… I am amazed and shocked that so many people out there really believe a social networking site could be the reason for their failed relationships! That's like saying watching scary movies makes people do bad things, or playing video games or the like. Those who are going to do wrong things will find a venue. There's so much more going on there… it's a shame a place where people can keep up with one another and rekindle old friendships will be made out to be the cause of people's shortcomings. I say, better to find this out and move… Read more »

Susan
Susan

Lets not forget AA Stepchat.com where predators abound and "safe and secure" is a joke. After forty years of marriage, two (adult) kids, one grandson, pets, homes, a plane crash, four car crashes and a life time of experiences (good and bad) my husband allowed himself to be played by a (single) Reseda ,California elementary school teacher that he met in the AA step chat room. She told him that he was not her first married man, that she was also a member of Sex and Love Addicts anonymous and that he wouldn't like her after he got to know… Read more »

Frank
Frank

These are really sad situations I am reading about. I beleive somewhere, someone else has it worse. I had a friend who found out his son commited suicide on FB. Talk about the worst thing immaginable.

REDZ97
REDZ97

everyones wants to blame FB for their spouse cheating or they found an "old flame". There are other search engines besides FB like mylife.com but FB is more poplar. u cant blame fb for your spouses wondering eye, they already had it in them, if it wasnt for fb to blame it would be the grocery store, the local bar etc! Ive always seen where spouses put themselves on dating sites like eharmony looking for someone when their married. Yes internet makes it easier to meet people but I still see a lot of office romances going on guess we… Read more »

Huh?
Huh?

She came, they talked for hours and hours. They compared all kinds of notes about the woman that broke them up and learned some truths. They talked nonstop for weeks, I smiled and watched. I knew he wasn't going anywhere and eventually they came to terms with the 30 years between the high school "love" and the middle age crazies. They still talk now and again and are friends. You either have a healthy relationship that grows and changes and makes allowances for individuality or you don't, try talking to him or her. Try telling them how you feel, what… Read more »

Huh?
Huh?

I am reading this and smiling to myself, as I read it I see all these things wrong with these relationships that have nothing what so ever to do with FB. These things have been going on as long as time and the only thing that has changed is we can now moan about it in a world wide pity party. I do not FB, my entire family does but it just never caught my interest. My husband of 21 years found his one "TRUE" love from high school on it. Invited her and her live in from their state… Read more »

Kay
Kay

I think face book is a way to celebrate narcacisim at its finest! You can find trouble anywhere if your looking for it or if your dumb enough to put yourself in compromising situations! However, facebook contains tools that people can be tagged thru others just by pictures! I don't even have an account and i see myself and children on others acccounts all the time! It is an invasion of privacy and just plain WEIRD. Even though there is a marginal window for the first ammendment 2 be tested in this area, i say go for it. Facebook ,… Read more »

Steve
Steve

Do like I did when a old g/f makes a friend request. Ignore it. If you need someone to talk with then talk to your own wife.

Steve
Steve

I recieved a friend request from a g/f from more than 30 years ago. I have been married for the last 10 years. I simply ignored the friend request as I know I have no reason to chat with an old g/f. If I need to talk to someone I will talk with my wife.

Chris
Chris

My ex wife started a relationship and posted her activity with her new partner on MySpace. My only regret is that I did not file for divorce before she could. I would have liked to have presented her MySpace page as evidence to all that she is a cheater. I am happily remarried now and really think the divorce was the best thing to happen for me! My new wife appreciates and loves me beyond measure…more than I could have wished for. I am sure it will only be a matter of time before my ex cheats on her new… Read more »

Glenn
Glenn

i see here reading comments, that all men are dogs, well there are more women cheating now as well… my wife has been cheating on me, and has hooked up with old and new friends through face book. i have 3 other friends going through the same thing with threre wifes as well… i am finding that the women stay home and get on the computer and type away while there husbands are off to work for the family… look for the signs men, house is not clean, wife leaves all the time when you get home, wife is up… Read more »

stephannie
stephannie

it wasnt facebook for me but it was yahoo messenger chat room. my husband of 5 yrs was trying to have phone sex. i wanted to leave then but my child started crying for him so i didnt. this took place when we were married one year. now to this day we have been seperated for 2 years and i have filed for divorce recently. he has a fiance and son with another woman. good ridance player. i am so better off and so our my children

Maggie
Maggie

Hey, no "man" or "woman" for that matter is yours if they can be taken away. Think of it as fresh air….the truth. If FB simplified it for them what's the diff. I am married and have my privacy settings on…..only talk with real friends. My husband doesn't use FB, but I share comments with him and it's just a fun way to keep in contact with people, mostly fam.

MustangSallee
MustangSallee

If that was the case he should have talked to her first to let her know what he was feeling. But he took the cowards way out.. She's probably better off without him.

Kiwi
Kiwi

What gets me is, these thirsty chicks on facebook, whos status says " in a relationship" or "married", but yet they request your husband, and when you look at there info, there dirty sneaky asses are looking for men. Well don't look for men requested my husband, cause I will blast your ass for even thinkin bout chattin wit my husband. That was then, (wheneva you knew him) and this is now bitches….My husband and I Do Not have the opposite sex as friends, unless they are family. F@ck that!!!! Ladies there are alot of lonely bitches out there….. if… Read more »

Jenny
Jenny

Why else would anyone be on Facebook? It's used for spying or flirting or bragging or generally being a self-absorbed, narcissistic person. We as a culture have propped up this insidious monster and now stand back wondering what happened. Google Rebecca F. to hear a great song about this topic called "Facebooked."

Zola
Zola

Remember: Easy lost is not worth keeping.

Maggie
Maggie

Can everyone please stop about Facebook…. if your sure about your marriage and your partner there is nothing wrong with what enters it especially if you both can enjoy it together.

STOP CRYING OVER SPILLED MILK….

Maggie
Maggie

Can everyone please stop about Facebook…. if your sure about your marriage and your partner there is nothing wrong with what enters it especially if you both can enjoy it together.

SO STOP CRYING OVER SPILLED MILK…

Screwed by spouse
Screwed by spouse

Women are dogs also. They are just as guilty as men.

Nikki
Nikki

I am part of this statistic as well. My husband decided to finally show the world he had been having an affair on me for 3 years of our 10 year relationship by deleting me off his facebook completely then adding her. It was all because my nieve ass was writing him messages like "I love you have a good day" and she got upset. Funny thing is she is married as well. But this happens to people everyday with these social networking. If you are truely a happy couple then you would just create a page together and share… Read more »

Mark Keenan
Mark Keenan

Facebook does not cause divorce, people do. All it is is a method of communication. It has replaced e-mail as the primary method. people facebook each other in the same way they e-mail or used MSN messenger in the good old days.

Anna
Anna

I feel for all of you who's relationships ended, however the person is to blame, not Facebook or any other venue out there. If a person is going to stray they will stray, and even though you are hurting now you will be better in the long run. I do have a somewhat related question regarding this and cannot seem to find a definitive answer. Isn't it illegal to access someone elses Facebook or other on-line accounts without permission!?!? My feeling is it should be, simply because when you access someones account you are also accessing every other persons account… Read more »

woman suffering
woman suffering

Well, my problem is not only facebook but also the e-mail it self. My husband has an important job that allows him to be with lots of women from around the world for along time. He has lots of friends. I don't know his email password, even i don't know whether he has an account on facebook, n he z so secretive.. Even he z receiving lots of sms on his mobile, n has a password also… I know he is cheating on me..now he z workin in another country, and left me in my home country wz 2 children..claimin… Read more »

Mike
Mike

yes the temptation is there, BUT if the marriage wasn't working, it was bound to fall apart. Maybe facebook is doing some kind of favor to those of you who caught your ex cheating. Would it be better to know of the cheating and get out of a bad relationship, or go through life with a cheating spouse and never know it? I would rather know it and move on. Facebook, sounds like, used to be a way to cheat, now it is a way to get caught. Yay facebook.

john
john

Any of the Social Networks are just another excuse to cheat if your partner is going to cheat they will wheather its on one of the Social Networks or at a bar or at work on the street
To blame any other media other than that persons nature is foolish
Yes it makes things easier but like someone else said they chose that path!!!

TheMrsinMN
TheMrsinMN

My husband was meeting women from Facebook as well as Craigslist. The loser eve flew out some skanky teacher from state who actually flew out to ***** my husband and rolled around in my bed for 2 weeks when I was out of town. I had to get a restraining order against one loony, middle aged desperate woman who lives less then 5 miles from my home. All of them are too stupid to realize what they post online lasts forever, and I fully intend to expose all of them by name, in my divorce.Actually these people all deserve each… Read more »

Sparky
Sparky

Found out from a neighbor who was on MySpace that my ex-husband had listed himself as "single and looking" on his MySpace page. After checking that out and doing a little more research, I found him five(!) places on different social networking sites, using variations of his name, with dates going back as far as 5 years, all showing him as single and available. And that's just what was public. Who knows what else is out there? That was the last straw, as he hadn't worked for the last 8 years, and basically just sat home watching TV, playing video… Read more »

Been there
Been there

It took only six weeks of connecting for my wife to throw a 21 year relationship and the feelings of three kids under a bus. Her old flame seems to share her view about the nightlife . She was already going out with friends when ever she wanted. But now that wasn't good enough. She didn't need me there to witness her departures or her arrivals if she even bothered coming home. So I was kicked to the curb, but shes the victim because she still has the kids.

Salty
Salty

My wife used Facebook and texting to keep in touch with an "old friend" which in turn ended our marriage. What is the benefit in a divorce case by proving they were writing inappropriate things on facebook or "sexting"? From what I've heard from others, judges usually don't care about cheating/affairs.

JDC
JDC

Now wait just a minute….at what point do people become accountable for their actions? To blame Facebook is completely ridiculous….it is just an avenue to end a marriage that obviously had its problems to begin with…these people that blame facebook for the dissolve of a marriage fail to see that their marriage was in trouble to begin with….

China
China

I was totally upset when I found out that an ex-girlfriend sent a friend request to my husband. I was with him showing him how to use facebook when he got the friend request. We had already discuss that out of respect to each other, we would not allow friend or allow any ex's. We agreed but a few weeks later, he got that same friend request with a message. We both read it and he ask me if he could accept the request….I was furious but I told him to do what he wanted. I didn't think that he… Read more »

debra
debra

I have always been a firm believer that no wife /husband can be "stolen" unless they want to be. Facebook and other social networks are a great way for people to connect. You can't blame the computer for what the opertor does. Granted some people may not have connected if not for facebook but if someone is looking they will find the hookup anywhere. Put the blame on the person.

The Coach
The Coach

All this is crap,if it wasn't Facebook it would've been something else,people need to take responsibility for their own actions,mess,life and what happens to them…..its always something or somebody's else's fault.People are great at playing the BLAME GAME….everybody wants to be a victum now days…well blame the TEA party or the Government.

joab
joab

I think many of us have forgotten what marriage is about. I will pray for everyone suffering and hope that God forvige those adulterous man and woman. Marriage is a wonderfull thing, but it takes hard work and determination. It is not one sided affair but two

Good Girl
Good Girl

I agree, I've been married for 17 yrs been w/ my husband since 10th grade in highschool , I should of left but My three children are the only thing keeping me their now, He seems to think he is such a wonderful husband, father, ,,, Let him think what he wants… What comes around goes around,….. believe it or Not…

kwhit1516
kwhit1516

When are people going to stop blameing thier problem own thier on actions stop blaming everyone thing and everyone else I use face book love it i found lost friend realtives.

divorced guy
divorced guy

Same here….Wife left after 13 yrs and after she got her MBA…me I am the shlump that kept taking it for the team. So she gets the kids,the house and a dou#hebag who left his wife and kids for her. The funny thing is he doesnt change his status on facebook for her…hee hee. consolation prize my middle aged bretheren the only girls that I date are in their twenties,have no kids , make their own money and look better than the wife that left.

Carrie
Carrie

Facebook didn't cause all these problems. Are you kidding? There had to be problems already in the marriage. Perhaps your spouse didn't feel loved anymore and when they connected with an old flame they felt what they are missing in your marriage. You really can't blame facebook for that.

Posey
Posey

so sorry… 🙁

Heart Broken 2
Heart Broken 2

I feel your pain. My husband of nearly 10 years has been cheating on me for our entire marriage and facebook has become an additional venue for him to do his dirt. Honestly, I'm with him because of some warped sense of forgiveness but mostly because we have 4 girls. His deal on facebook however is the inappropriate conversations and over-the-line flirting. I just placed parental controls on my computer at home yesterday because I've decided if he is going to continue, (since one moment he says flirting is not cheating but the next he'll say he's addicted and can't… Read more »

Gunit
Gunit

I feel sorry for you heart broken. But to be honest I think facebook is overrated. I will soon become married me and my husband do not have no facebook. I have alot of things going on in my life to be worried about ole friends and status. I dont care to see my friends I went to school with, and if I do that why cell phones were invented. Keep your head up

Karon
Karon

I would agree that social networking sites play a part in cheating and the dissolution of marriages but I think people are giving these sites way more power than they actually have. Old flames and others can contact you all they want but it's up to the person in the committed relationship that has to shut down the advances or go along with it. I tell my husband all the time "a man can only get as far as I let him" and the same goes for him. If he's so weakminded and unable to control himself that he's lead… Read more »

Getting over it...
Getting over it...

I feel for you… It happened to me not too long ago. I was married for 14.5 yrs (been together 4 plus years prior). I have three young kids. The guy she obcessed after for 2 years does not want her, so now it's anyone who will take her… Hang in there.

Sandra Walters Weiss
Sandra Walters Weiss

My husband left me while I was in the hospital,He and his 13 year old spoiled brat,who put on such an act she should have won an Oscar. I am heartbroken.I rescued his kids and got custody for him,as they were living in squalor, Ever since then he listens to everything the kids say.If they told him to jump off a bridge,he would .He feels like he was a deadbeat dad,because she used the kids as pawns until she went on a drug binge Took off left the kids with her gambling addicted father.So I took them in raised them… Read more »

bntherednthat
bntherednthat

I see my friends doing this – reconnecting with old "flames" – all the time! And not just one! It is crazy what goes on!! I know the temptation is great – someone reaches out to you, and says things to you that maybe you haven't heard in a long time. And they think it's ok because it's ONLINE. I would advise ANY couple in a committed relationship to allow your partner to browse your facebook account if they ask. That doesn't mean necessarily giving the password, but log on yourself, and let them browse. And you should be able… Read more »

Heart Broken
Heart Broken

This happened to me. My husband had been corresponding for months with an old "flame" who found him through facebook. They ended up scheduling an 8 day timeshare stay and it ended in the dissolution of our 24 years of marriage. I'm heart broken. If it hadn't been for facebook, she would have never been able to rekindle an old love affair with someone in Florida when she lives in Alabama.

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