I am not surprised that social media has a hand in divorces, but I am a little surprised at the rate at which they're officially documented in divorces. According to a new study from Loyola University, Facebook is cited in 1 in 5 divorces. And on top of that, Facebook is the number one destination for online evidence; in over half of cases it's the primary evidence source.
These results and analysis are slightly reminiscent of the Tiger Woods debacle when I posed the question of whether more people are cheating or if technology just makes it easier. I think Facebook's position in this is unique because both are true. Facebook allows us to connect to more people on a deeper level than we could pre-Facebook. Think: ex-boyfriends, casual acquaintances, and the like. And while we'll probably never get a completely valid statistic on the number of affairs started or continued on Facebook, I think it's safe to say that it can, at times, encourage infidelity.