Today I posted a question on my Fan Page on Facebook; it seemed like the perfect place to ask: “Does Facebook hurt your marriage?”
Within twenty seconds almost fifty people responded. All said“YES” in capital letters.
I guess Facebook users agree – social networking hurts relationships.
Some even LOL’d or LMAO’d when they typed their answer.
One person even confessed that Facebook ended her 7 month partnership. Another claimed he left his wife because of Facebook.
So why are they still on-line?
Probably because it’s fun, quick and it feels like a game. Social networking sites create easy opportunity to meet other people and it feels like a real live video game, with real/imaginary/cyber people that you get to call “Friends.”
Social networking is usually a solitary sport. You do it privately, but at the touch of a keystroke you get to meet thousands of other cyber buddies.
It can then be easier to reveal private details about one’s self to a Facebook Friend because there is no physical proximity- and no eye contact.
Cyber-intimacy may be our new way to create intimacy in relationships in this age of digital connections.
But if its hurting your relationship, maybe its time to TTYL, Friend.
Dr Tammy Nelson is the author of “Getting the Sex You Want” and can be followed on www.yourtango.com or www.thirdage.com
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