In an article called "Divorce lawyers: Facebook tops in online evidence in court" on USA Today the topic or WoW and it's effect on marriages is brought up. While it is not a new topic as we all know that too much time spent on any single thing can create stress in a marriage, being used in divorce cases is definitely interesting.
Here is one example of how WoW online time has contributed to a divorce filing and showed up as evidence in court.
Father seeks custody of the kids, claiming (among other things) that his ex-wife never attends the events of their young ones. Subpoenaed evidence from the gaming site World of Warcraft tracks her there with her boyfriend at the precise time she was supposed to be out with the children. Mom loves Facebook's Farmville, too, at all the wrong times.
While the article mainly focuses on how social networking sites such as Facebook could be used to follow up on indiscretions and provide evidence in court, it also talks about WoW and other online games. The fact is that anything you do online can be tracked and used, which far to many people forget. It is one of the reasons I have never seen the fascination with Facebook, myspace and other social sites. Once you put something online, you can never ensure what is done with it, and it can exist forever.
While a social networking site is an obvious place to look for indiscretions or evidence, I would have thought our fairly tale lives in WoW were save from the prying lives of big brother. I guess this should serve as a wake up call to everyone out there that a) big brother is always watching, and b) remember that there is a real life outside of the internet and prioritize it first.
You can find the whole article here: Divorce lawyers: Facebook tops in online evidence in court.
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