Hey, look at the clock- it’s time for your “social media is destroying the world” post of the day!
Okay, it’s not really that bad- but it seems everywhere you look, Facebook and its ilk are being blamed for pre-existing societal problems. Before we even get started, I’ll say upfront that I am of the mindset that Facebook is the tool, but that few of these panics are actually anything started by Facebook, or Twitter, or Formspring. We had bullying, divorce, and people losing their jobs due to stupidity long before Facebook- Facebook just makes it something you can do from your smartphone.
So Facebook is again at the other end of the blame-hammer, this time for precipitating about a third of divorces in Britain. The stats come from a website- the UK’s Divorce-Online, and cull stats from 5,000 divorce petitions. The same stats were pulled in 2009, and at that time, Facebook made an appearance in 20% of the petitions. Infidelity-related complaints were a forerunner, along with using Facebook walls to make nasty comments about soon to be exes.
A spokesman for the site commented:
“Social networking has become the primary tool for communication and is taking over from text and e-mail in my opinion. If someone wants to have an affair or flirt with the opposite sex then the easiest place to do it. Also the use of Facebook to make comments about ex partners to friends has become extremely common with both sides using Facebook to vent their grievances against each other.”
The statement continues:
“People need to be careful what they write on their walls as the courts are seeing these posts being used in financial disputes and children cases as evidence.”
Have you seen a relationship melt down on Facebook in real time?