Turns out Facebook has been found to be bad for relationships. And no, this fact is not related to the awkward "Are we Facebook official? WHY NOT?! WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DON'T WANT YOUR FRIENDS TO FIND OUT?!" conversation you've assuredly had with the wonderful person you're currently seeing. This news comes from a study conducted among marriage lawyers by the American Academy of Matrimonal lawyers. According to the research, Facebook was cited as the cause of divorce in one out of five marriages this year, and 80% of divorce lawyers are able to make it rain for their clients whose spouses are using social media for affairs. More details below.
According to psychologist Steven Kimmons at the Loyola University Medical Center, "One spouse connects online with someone they knew from high school. The person is emotionally available and they start communicating through Facebook. Within a short amount of time, the sharing of personal stories can lead to a deepened sense of intimacy, which in turn can point the couple in the direction of physical contact."
I can't believe this is surprising. If you are actually brain-dead enough to be posting pictures of you and your side piece on Facebook, you're kind of asking for it. And really, old high school friends reconnecting? The whole point of parents getting on Facebook is to laugh at their old high school friends who are now bald and post pictures with captions like "Me at Prom, where did all that hair go? LOL." Also according to this article, Facebook is by a wide margin more cited in divorce court than Twitter and MySpace. I'm going to go ahead and say that's probably because if you're trawling MySpace, you're 12 and don't know even realize you're on the Internet, or you're simply a predator. Twitter just in general seems ineffective for this kind of reconnecting, because the whole world can read what you're Tweeting about. "With @HighSchoolExGirlfriend having secret dinner. Don't tell @Wife...LOL."