Spotted this morning on MSN.com: Facebook’s Role in Divorce Court.
“A recent survey says more lawyers are coming to divorce court armed with Facebook evidence to prove spouses are cheating. Flirty emails, inappropriate instant messages and simply changing a relationship status have been the cause of arguments and breakups.” -MSN
Yawn. I’m getting pretty tired (and annoyed) reading about blaming social networking sites for all the evils of the cyber-sphere transgressing into real life. Can we please start taking responsibilities for our own actions and poor decisions?
We’ve been taught to utilize our privacy settings, or better yet, to keep our mouths shut when it comes to airing things via the interwebs. Employees have been fired over Facebook rants, many companies browse (aka stalk) the FB pages of potential new hires, my fiance’s grandma just chewed him out for cursing in a status update, etc. But Facebook being responsible for ending your marriage? Seriously?
The reasons behind infidelity are much more complex than just “the temptation was there.” Does reconnecting with an old flame via FB make it easier? Maybe. But I’d certainly bet that if said hubby (or wifey) in question did not have a Facebook account and wanted to stray, they would. Facebook does not breed cheaters, if anything it exposes their behavior. In the end, trust, honesty, and integrity between partners is what should be questioned – not their use of Facebook.