Swindon - 21 December 2009

Facebook is bad for your marriage according to research carried out by an online divorce service in the United Kingdom.

Divorce-Online scanned their divorce petition database for the use of the word Facebook, and found 989 instances of the word in over 5,000 divorce petitions sampled.

This means that just under 20 per cent of all the petitions filed through the company had references to Facebook within the text of the divorce petitions.

Managing director Mark Keenan said: “I had heard from my staff that there were a lot of people saying they had found out things about their partners on Facebook and I decided to see how prevalent it was I was really surprised to see that 20 per cent of all the petitions contained references to Facebook. The most common reason seemed to be people having inappropriate sexual chats with people they were not supposed to.”

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About http://www.divorce-online.co.uk

Founded in 1999, Divorce-Online is the UK leader in online divorce services and solutions that help people obtain an uncontested divorce without the need to visit a solicitor. Divorce-Online.Co.UK has helped over 60,000 couples achieve an amicable divorce.

About the research

Research for Divorce-Online was carried out on 20th December 2009 with a sample size of 5,000 divorce petitions.

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