We’ve all heard about social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook causing drama in relationships. Questions like “you were WHERE?” and “why would you post a comment on so-and-so’s wall?” have become common confrontations. As if this drama wasn’t bad enough, prosecutors in the U.K. are speculating that shady Facebook activity could have prompted a murder.
Welsh born Brian Lewis has been accused of strangling his partner and the mother of his four children, Hayley Jones. Apparently prosecutors are looking towards Facebook as the possible precipitate for the crime.
Jones had become very involved with Facebook and her buddies online. She began hiding the site from her partner and preventing him from looking at her profile or viewing her friends. Ten days before the murder, Jones changed her status from “in a relationship” to “single.”
Psychologists have confirmed that Facebook increases jealousy in relationships, which in turn is a common motivator for murder. The trial is ongoing but the outcome doesn’t look very good for Lewis, since he reportedly told authorities on the phone that he had just strangled his partner.