Facebook Is Cited As Evidence In One Third Of UK Divorce Filings

heather mills paul mccartney divorceWe don’t think Facebook had anything to do with Paul McCartney’s divorce.

Facebook is cited as evidence for 33% of all UK divorces in 2011, reports ZDnet.That number is up from 20% in 2009.

These numbers come from Divorce Online, which randomly sampled 5,000 divorce filings each year.

Troubled couples repeatedly brought up three Facebook-related complaints as cause to divorce, usually after the couple was in a trial separation — seeing inappropriate messages to the opposite sex, publicly writing nasty comments about a spouse, or Facebook friends continually reporting a spouse’s behaviour as “offensive.”

By comparison, Twitter was cited in 0.4% of divorces.

What does it mean to you that Facebook increasingly appears in divorce filings?

UPDATE: A commenter says that Divorce Online’s study is inaccurate and points us to a different report indicating that Facebook is actually mentioned in just 5% of UK divorce filings.

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