Between spouting negative sentiments about your boss, stalking your ex-girlfriend, “liking” pages for utterly random causes, and Farmville, Facebook has a cavalcade of uses that can quickly and easily distract you from your daily responsibilities. Apparently it can also distract you from your marital responsibilities as well, as a recent survey from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that Facebook was cited as A reason behind divorce filings.
20% of divorces in America are because, at least in part, of Facebook.
According to psychologist Steven Kimmons, this is becoming an increasingly common occurrence:
We’re coming across it more and more. 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.
Kimmons went on to say that he doesn’t necessarily believe that these individuals go on to Facebook looking to have affairs, saying “I don’t think these people typically set out to have affairs.”
Many people who finds themselves in these kinds of situations don’t often realize they’re falling into these situations. There are a few telltale signs, such as finding yourself going on Facebook at early morning or late night hours when your spouse is either in bed or out of the house. Of course you don’t have to be on Facebook to have an affair, and whether it’s online or off, remember this:
Doing it makes you a douche.