Social media websites such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Flickr, and others gives us access to friends, classmates, coworkers and random people at the touch of our finger tips. Easy to reach with one message, one wall post or one photo tag. If you are having a bad day at work or at home, social media provides an avenue for immediate relief and diversion. We all know stories of marriages that were destroyed by affairs that began on social media sites.
In 2008, the Pew Study of Internet and American Life found that one in five adults questioned said they used online social networks to flirt with their connections and statistics continue to show that social networking can often lead to divorce. In fact, the newest divorce Facebook study shows that one in five marriages are destroyed by the nation’s most popular website.
Websites are a quick and easy way to catch people doing things they don’t want others to know about. Incriminating photos and other information from social media sites is usually not the image the opposing parent wanted to portray before a judge and the evidence can definitely affect alimony disputes and custody fights. A parent could easily lose custody, alimony, or both, due to inappropriate behavior exhibited online. The most incriminating online evidence seems to be photographs. That was true until a recent news report from ABC where a new “IPhone App Finds Wife with Another Man.”
The morale of this story is that it is not the social media site that creates the problem or new apps and technology, it is the behavior of the user.