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The dark side of Facebook

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What started out in a Harvard dorm room has blossomed into a website many of us can't go a day without visiting.

The fact is, for a lot of its 1.2 billion users, Facebook's ability to instantly connect people has always been its biggest draw. But what about when those social connections turn scandalous?

"Technology has made the job of the divorce lawyer so much easier," said Catherine Real.

Real is a Tampa divorce attorney. She's very familiar with the darker side of social networking.

"Facebook comes up in my cases for every client that walks in the door," she said.

In fact, in 2011 estimates were that about a third of all divorce cases had Facebook in the filing. Real thinks that's a conservative estimate.

"For some particular reason, human beings believe if they put it on Facebook no one will see it except the person they're sending it to. The world sees it," she said.

And even if you think you're sneaky, Real says most attorneys are wise to the tricks and will hunt through the site like digital bloodhounds. Her advice:

"For heaven sakes, we all have neurons, we know these things will be on the internet for life, don't go there," she said.

And if you do, don't be surprised if you get busted and have to change that relationship status.

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