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First it was Facebook causing all the stir in the relationships and now it’s time for Whatsapp to fall into that league. The announcement of Whatsapp showing two blue ticks as an evidence of a message ‘read’ had already caused enough hype for couples but that Whatsapp has recently been involved in has become a greater concern. Breakups and then fights between couples was already too much to deal with but did we think that Whatsapp would cause married couples to actually consider divorce? Well, even we hadn’t, this is exactly what has happened. Among the adulterous divorce cases which take place in Italy, about 40 percent have given Whatsapp messages as a proof.
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As reported by the Italian Association of Matrimonial Lawyers, a huge chunk of divorce cases cite WhatsApp messages as evidence of unfaithfulness. While talking to The Times, the president of the association Gian Ettore Gassani said that “Social media has boosted betrayal in Italy by making it easier, first through texting, then Facebook, and now WhatsApp, which is being used widely and has encouraged the return of the Latin lover.”
Mr Gassani also added how “Lovers can now exchange risqué photos of themselves, and we have seen adulterers using the service to maintain three or four relationships – it’s like dynamite.”
These claims have not just sprung up recently. In fact they back up a few findings about social media and divorce which had been revealed earlier. For instance, a survey was conducted on in 2012 by Divorce-Online UK and it was concluded that evidence derived from Facebook was used up in a third of all divorces the previous year.
Another study was published last year in the Journal of Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking in which was it was revealed that couples who used social media sites excessively were more likely to experience problems such as jealousy and keeping in touch with ex-partners and certain other revelations which would otherwise have been ignored.
In a rather humorous statement, one of the lawyers said “My message to adulterers is, ‘Be prudent’, since if it makes betrayal easier WhatsApp also makes it easier to be caught. Spouses often become suspicious when they hear the beep of an incoming message.”
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