Woman blames Facebook for divorce, she’s not the only one

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CHICAGO – A woman getting a divorce is placing the blame on a very interesting culprit, Facebook.

Shari, a Chicago mother of two, said social media ruined her marriage.

She told WBBM she got addicted to Facebook about five years ago and that was the beginning of the end.

“I was spending sometimes four or five hours a day when I should have been cooking dinner or reading to my kids or watching a movie with my husband or just talking to my husband,” Shari told WBBM.

She posted picture after picture of herself, acquiring 5,000 Facebook friends and 1,000 followers.

According to WBBM, her husband gradually discovered she was trading messages with ex-boyfriends and the battle over “The Book” began.

She said their marriage ended and experts said Shari’s isn’t the only one.

The report states a growing number of divorcing spouses blame social media for playing a part in their divorce; a survey by CensusWide suggests its one divorce in seven.

“That sounds very low to me to be honest,” divorce attorney Christine Svenson said. “The social media world seems to crop up in at least half of my divorce cases.”

Shari said she is still working to tame her obsession.

“Believe it or not, I went almost a whole two weeks without really looking at it or posting anything,” Shari said.

But she acknowledged it was difficult, “I kept pulling my hair and biting my nails.”

Consider a recent Chicago divorce tale as a reminder.

WBBM reported a man told his wife he was going to Michigan to visit his mother.

His wife found his pictures that weekend on Facebook…in Las Vegas…with his girlfriend.


  • Tori

    Seriously? ‘its not my fault i’m an alcoholic, its the alcohols’, ‘its not my fault i’m a druggie, its the drugs’. How about taking responsibility for your actions people? Nobody forced you to abandon your children and husband for Facebook. How about you learn some self control?

  • Margaret Culberhouse

    Plan your work and work your plan. You did not balance your life well at all let a long you hooked up with a old Boy friend. Get your priorities in place when you are dealing with social media! Good for her hubby see ya!

  • joe schmoe

    maybe you shouldn’t have been trading secret messages with past lovers.. that’s your problem, not facebook

  • Mike

    I can understand some being upset with Facebook in this situation. My ex-wife started an affair on Facebook, and had been trading messages with him when I caught her. Granted I dont blame facebook for her being a cheating so and so. But I do believe the medium made it easier for her to go about cheating. At best its as I said, a medium that makes some think its easier to cheat and not get caught. Where as before facebook it was made things harder to cheat. So in short blame the person and not the tool that made it easier for them to cheat. Its a thought out decision to cheat, not facebook making them cheat.

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