It’s complicated: Facebook and our relationships
By Jessica Ciccone
Oh Valentine’s Day...definitely one of my least favorite holidays, right up there with New Year’s Eve. It could be because I found it confusing in high school, distressing in college, and irritating as an adult. Instead of focusing this post on the countless shameless marketing ploys or the over-priced prix fix menus, I thought Valentine’s Day would be a great time to take a look at how Facebook has impacted our romantic relationships.
While doing some research I came across an infograph posted on Social Media Times that does a great job of breaking it down. Here are some highlights that I found interesting:
While 30 million adults have friends who found their spouses online, many people credit Facebook for changing dating for the worse. Nobody likes seeing what their ex is doing, especially if they are having fun right?
There are new guidebooks designed specifically to help Facebook-proof your marriage. This one scares me. If you need a book for that you should probably not be on Facebook, but that is for another post.
Forget the post-it; breaking up online is even more common than ever. 21% of people surveyed say they would simply change their relationship status. Now that is harsh even for Carrie Bradshaw’s standards.
When a marriage fails divorce attorneys are looking to Facebook to find evidence for proceedings. These people should have clearly invested in the aforementioned guidebook.
While I can’t say my research made me a fan of Valentine’s; it definitely made me excited to share a nice dinner with my husband...non prix fix of course. Happy Valentine’s Day to all!