In a 2010 survey of U.S. divorce attorneys, more than 80 percent reported that they had seen an increase in the number of family law cases in which social media posts and photos were used as evidence in the last five years. And as Facebook, Twitter and other social networking websites continue to grow in usage and popularity, this number will likely only increase.
As our lives move more and more online, many of us may now send and receive all of our news and updates via the Internet. In addition to traditional news sources, this also includes interpersonal communications. For example, we may congratulate a friend on his or her marriage or new baby via Facebook despite the fact that we were not at the wedding and may never meet the child. This is just our new normal.
In this day and age of social media and online inter-connectedness, it seems that over-sharing has become the norm. Users of social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and now, Google Plus, regularly post about their daily lives, from the minute details ("I had oatmeal for breakfast this morning") to major life events ("I just filed for divorce.")
Social media sites, such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, along with communication tools such as e-mail and texting, are often cited for their special utility in fostering contacts and exchanges between people, helping to create lasting and sometimes intimate bonds.