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Social Media And Divorce: This Guy Learns The Hard Way

social media and divorceSocial media has led to a fair share of couples deciding to file for divorce since Facebook took off in 2007. After six years of sharing too much information with hundreds of people, you would think people might learn something, but this latest story that unfolded via the comments section of The Mail — integrated with Facebook — says otherwise.

One Night With You

The pic dropped via Twitter and took off from there. The Mail user tomcowan was responding to a story about a female celebrity — not revealed in the screenshot — and said, “She is so sexy. I would leave my wife and kids for one night with her!”

The first comment he received in response was disgusted by the admission: “I hope your wife reads this, and the first thing you see when you wake up tomorrow is your belongings packed in a bin bag on the floor.”

Harsh, but not likely that big of a deal.

However, the second reply, from Natashacowan, the original commenter’s wife, must have caught his attention.

“My idiot husband forgot his comments are linked to his Facebook account. You don’t deserve our beautiful kids and I hope your brother has room on his sofa because I’m having the locks changed.”


If Natasha makes good on the threat, then this relationship would have ended solely because of a dumb, passing bit of hyperbole on the most popular social media site in the world. It doesn’t matter if the husband really meant it.

The average user on Facebook has more than 130 friends. Provided that tomcowan’s message had the potential to reach his and his wife’s accounts, that’s at least 260 people he thoughtlessly humiliated his family in front of. Close people. Not to mention the share of site users and Internet users, who saw the image once it went out on Twitter.

Since we live in a screenshot culture, where your sins are out there for all to see, even if you delete them, this could not only cause Natasha to follow through on her threat, but it could also be a helpful piece of ammo in a divorce proceeding, in case the couple decides to fight it out over going the do-it-yourself divorce route.

Here’s a link to the actual image.

Let it be a lesson. Little actions can lead to big repercussions, thanks to the viral web. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: social media is a dangerous tool in the hands of a fool. Don’t be “that guy.”

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