New Social Networking Site Caters to Divorced Americans
An Ohio woman is performing a marriage between divorce and social networking.
Divorce2Dating.com was created by Sheila Blagg, who said she was inspired to help others with divorce after she went through one herself. Roughly 40 percent to 50 percent of first marriages in the United States end in divorce; more than 1 million Americans are affected by divorce each year.
Blagg said the goal of the site is “to offer assistance, however needed, for saving your marriage or completing your divorce, while bringing to light the emotions involved in every aspect of divorce.”
Divorce2Dating.com not only plays matchmaker for thousands of divorced, separated and widowed singles, but provides resources and services to help its members cope with life during and after a divorce. A variety of services are offered to paid members, including connections to attorneys, counselors, financial planners and fitness advisers.
Paid membership costs $9.95 a month.
Divorce2Dating.com includes a chat room where kids affected by divorce can communicate with others their age. A parent receives a password that’s required for entering the chat room, and the parent must log in the child. To prevent children from entering an adult chat room, the adult members will be provided a password for those rooms as well. All logs from the children’s chat room are stored on a computer server for 30 days.
Blagg said that only 10 percent of the site’s activities focus on dating.
The most valuable resource on the site, she said, is members’ blogs and comments.
“It’s amazing how what one person says can be healing to another, to know other people are going through the same thing,” Blagg told Cleveland Scene. “Even years out of my divorce, reading what members said helped me heal some of the things that hurt to this day.”
Blagg’s site isn’t the only divorce-related social networking site around.
For instance, DivorceNetwork.com was launched in 2009 for people going through or contemplating divorce. Organizers said they designed it as a combination of Google and Facebook for anyone dealing with a break-up, battling with attorneys or coping with children affected by divorce.
DivorceNetwork.com, based in Ohio, provides several forums and blogs addressing a variety of divorce-related topics.
In 2009, The Telegraph of London reported Facebook indiscretions increasingly were being cited as part of divorce filings in the United Kingdom. The Associated Press reported in 2010 that 81 percent of the members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers had used or faced evidence from Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and other social networking sites over the past five years.