Social network, online gaming records being used in divorce proceedings


Media scolds have been talking about the risks of video games for decades now. They warn that games will make you obese or violent or attention-deficient or lead to a host of other problems. While evidence for all those supposed ills varies, it seems there's now a new risk associated with online gaming: losing your kids.

USA Today reports that 81% of members of The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers say they've used information from social networks in a divorce proceeding in the last five years. What kind of evidence? Examples from the article include everything from online extramarital flirting to posted pictures of drug use to, surprisingly, time spent playing games.

"Father seeks custody of the kids, claiming (among other things) that his ex-wife never attends the events of their young ones," recalls one unnamed lawyer quoted in the piece. "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."

So remember, while time spent playing online games is all well and good, it doesn't compare with spending quality time with your kids. Especially if the courts could be watching...