Facebook kills

no longer listed as single... Facebook notifications People tend to be excited when a Facebook status changes. In fact, Facebook gives it a lot of prominence by embedding it on the start page of your friends.

This Facebook status message thing though, can cause a lot of misunderstandings. If you’re not listed as single, it doesn’t mean you’re in a relationship (it could just mean that you’ve stopped looking, decided to become a priest, celebrate celibacy, et al). Whatever.

For some, it can even cause death. Via The BBC, in Wife murdered for Facebook status:

A man murdered his estranged wife after becoming “enraged” when she changed her marital status on Facebook to “single”.

Fiona Cortese, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Richardson became enraged when Sarah changed her marital status on Facebook to single and decided to go and see her as she was not responding to his messages.

I’ve read about breakup’s on Facebook. I’ve read about people’s happiness on Facebook. But this is a first, I’ve read of a murder thanks to Facebook. Waste of a twenty six year old life. Bad social networking.


  1. nazroll says:

    facebook reminds me of the days when you can screw other people’s perception about your true identity. like how my friend keeps repeating in his conversation, “i know everything about my friends thru facebook”. i find that amusing. amusing in a sense where it gives me an opportunity to screw his perception, in a way.

  2. byte says:

    @nazroll but by screwing his perception of you, might that also skew your perception to your other friends? or is that the goal? :-)

  3. nazroll says:

    hehe…. yup, indefinitely it will. cause & effect. can’t win a battle without casualties. calculated casualties, that is. hehe…

    its an interesting social experiment to try, urging you to discover & learn more about yourself & how you could potentially relate to the world.

    hehe *evil grin*

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