In a classic parody of what social networking should be about, Facebook now faces the blame for ‘putting asunder’ what ‘God has joined together’.
Facebook’s Gargantuan Role
Social networking sites such as Facebook have been cited as having direct involvement in 1 out of 5 divorce petitions filed in the
According to a survey done by the Pew Internet and American Life Project in 2008, one out of five adults admittedly flirt with users other than their partners through Facebook. They report to having feelings of dissatisfaction with present relationships and therefore seek out the convenience and easy access of what seems to be an online singles bar right at their homes.
In fact, it was only during the advent of the internet that emotional infidelity was given as much significance as sexual infidelity. Websites specializing in divorce cited a staggering 71% of women who think that extra marital cyber sex is akin with adultery while only 46% of men think this is so. Surprisingly though, polls find that women more often engage in cyber-infidelity than men.
Rev. Cedric Miller, a pastor from
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Sweeping Across the Globe
Rampant online flirting and reconnecting with old flames are some of the reasons named by Brits who admit to these Facebook dalliances. Just last year, a three-year marriage ended between Amy Taylor and David Pollard when she found her husband’s avatar cuddling with another on a sofa in Second Life.
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But is Facebook really to blame here? Or has Facebook made it easier for us to do what we always wanted to in the first place?