Sunday, April 11, 2010

Is Facebook Affecting Your Romantic Relationships?

Like many social networking sites, Facebook has become a highly used resource for both professional and personal use. Many of us, including myself, frequent Facebook many times a day resulting in what I like to call Facebook overload. When one spends so much time of Facebook lines between friendship, relationships, and reality begin to blur. Sometimes the content we post on Facebook can end up affecting different aspects of our lives, like professional image, friendships, and for some, their love life. In recent article by, they look at how Facebook has changed dating and the rules of dating in a negative way.

“We all know from experience that one threat is real: Facebook makes dating far more complicated than it used to be,” says author Samuel Axon.

Below is a list of 5 reasons why Facebook has affected dating for the worst (found on

1. Overanalyzing Will Drive You Crazy
2. You See All the Action Your Ex Is Getting
3. Relationships and Breakups Are Public
4. It’s a Record of Every Relationship Mistake You’ve Made
5. Other People’s Comment Will Make Your Date Jealous

From this list, it seems fairly clear that Facebook has created many difficulties for those in romantic relationships. Many of us may have even experienced one or two of the events on the above list. How do you feel about the effect of Facebook on relationships? What has been your experience?


  1. Facebook has completely changed how people think of romantic relationships.Instead if gettting to know someone face to face, we friend them on Facebook and "stalk" them. Facebook "stalking" is looking at someone's wall, pictures, friends etc. and making assumptions about them as a person. When a couple breaks up, people look to Facebook to see the news. Another components that messes up romantic relationships is taking the whole site too seriously. People assume the worst just from one wall post, or a tagged picture.I encourage everyone to disconnect your Facebook for a few days and see if your communication with your partner has become better or worse. I would love to do a case study on this.

  2. I too came across this mashables article and really enjoyed it. Obviously, we all have dealt with some of these five issues. I think it’s really important to know exactly what youre getting yourself (and possibly your significant other) into when divulging into a social networking sites such as facebook. But I also think that these problems you listed only occur if you allow them to. I think two people in a mature and open relationship probably wouldn’t focus much attention on facebook and what going on there. On the other hand though, I do know of couples who have broken up/gotten into arguments based on facebook. Unfortunately, social networking is “social” so I think we just have to be careful with the information we share/the information that is shared about us.

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  4. i just think you guys are over thinking the whole thing. if you dont want anyone to know when it ends dont put that you had one in the first place. you are such a cotton headed niny muggins

  5. I personally haven’t gotten facebook because i’ve witnessed many relationships around me crumble because of petty things that have started on facebook.

  6. I think, when the man/ or woman. Pays more attention to a social network. Someone is not getting the attention. Then the relationship starts to fail. It just shows that the marriage is headed south! IF the person that you married is not enough for you, then you shouldn't have married. you are not satisfying the one at home, so maybe you are trying to prove something your ego! Just remember your spouse can do the same thing. How would you like that????

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