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Updated May 24, 2012 - 4:14 pm

Social networking a big contributor to divorce

Facebook can have a negative impact on troubled relationships and the trend continues to rise.

"Some data started coming out in 2009 and 2010, that said one in five divorce petitions in the United States literally named Facebook as one of the reasons to the downfall of the marriage," said Mike Lindstrom author of the book Men: 10 Secrets Every Woman Should Know From Two Guys That Do.

According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, over 80 percent of divorce attorneys said they have seen an increase in the number of divorces cases involving social networking.

Lindstrom said Facebook and other social media sites puts temptation right at your fingertips because it's very easy to reconnect with past loves or flings. It's a way to relive good times in your past and when your current relationship is on shaky ground, that it could be a very dangerous situation.

"Charter through the dangerous waters in the relations, seek counseling or whatever," he said. "Having a relationship, being on Facebook and connecting with other people is only going to create the opportunity."

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