Is Facebook responsible for you and your girlfriend‘s break up?
Social Media websites have become responsible for break ups and divorce around the world. Popular social media websites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Flickr, Photobucket and others have become the latest battlegrounds in breakups, divorce and child-support contests due to the fact that Attorneys and private investigators can so easily find incriminating evidence on the Internet. Last year, over three quarters of the attorneys surveyed in an American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers study said they had seen an increase in cases involving evidence gleaned from social media. Not only do these sites lead to an increase in breakups, but in the dissolution of marriages as well.
Now we know what you are thinking, I am not stupid enough to let Facebook ruin my relationship?! But funny enough, some people are. Take this genius, for example:
Richard Barton Jr. of Grand Rapids, Michigan posted pictures of his second wedding on his Facebook page was not a problem in itself. The problem was that he was already married to another woman at the time.
Barton and his first wife, Adina Quarto, have a six-year-old son, but had been estranged for several years. The couple had discussed getting a divorce a few times over the years, but no action was ever taken. In 2010 Barton became engaged to a woman who thought he was divorced. He then unfriended his first wife on Facebook, and married the other woman. The real trouble started when Barton posted the photos of the second wedding to his Facebook profile. It appears that unfortunately for Mr. Barton, he forgot to change the privacy settings on his Facebook profile to disallow his first wife to see the photos of recent gala beach wedding. Although she was no longer one of his Facebook friends, Quarto was easily able to view the wedding photos of a happy couple that included her current husband.
The state police said it wasn't Quarto’s intention to get her husband arrested, but since she was technically still married to him she contacted the police in an attempt to figure out what she should do. Barton was then arrested on felony polygamy charges that carry a sentence of up to four-years in prison and a potential fine of $5,000. Those are pretty serious consequences resulting from what started out as an everyday Facebook profile posting.
Now this is obviously an extreme case of stupidity. However, you would be surprised how many times daily boyfriends stumble upon inappropriate pictures of their girlfriends and vice versa. This, more often than not, leads to break ups. There are two ways to solve this problem. Do not put yourself in a comprising position that would hurt your current boyfriend or girlfriend, OR make your Facebook privacy settings better, and keep your password a secret!