Facebook Behind 20 Percent Of Divorces?

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Heartbreak, Self

A British study says Facebook plays a role in 20 percent of all divorces. That's two in 10!

The Telegraph reported a figure by Mark Keenan, Managing Director of Divorce-Online, claiming that out of all divorces they analyzed, 20 percent have traces of Facebook coursing through their petitions. Facebook Causes Romantic Jealousy

While Facebook may not have been the root and cause, they say, "inappropriate" chats, wall posts and messages have aided in the unraveling of two in ten marriages. While many of these "hey hot stuffs" may have been innocent(ish), some spouses have uncovered full-blown affairs after a "poke" investigation or some detective work in response to a frisky photo comment or saucy wall flirtation. Facebook Courtship Advice

Frighteningly, the article mentions something about unnamed "computer firms" that have devised ways to "electronically spy" on someone's "online activities." Which is all fine and dandy, but we're pretty sure Facebook works hard to keep these "computer firms" and their efforts unsuccessful.

As comical as this may all sound, the best thing about Facebook is also its worst. The site can be both your best, discreet stalker and loudmouth, turncoat backstabber all wrapped into one. It is with you in the best of times—"Check out our wedding pictures!"—and the absolute worst, "Mary Phillips is now single." Facebook Decides To Control Your Love Life

Though we gotta say, don't shoot the messenger when you have couples with the emotional maturity of this level:

One 35-year-old woman even discovered her husband was divorcing her via Facebook. Conference organiser Emma Brady was distraught to read that her marriage was over when he updated his status on the site to read: "Neil Brady has ended his marriage to Emma Brady."

Yikes. In actuality, Emma should send Mark Zuckerberg a fruit basket.