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Could the ever increasing popularity of social media lead to strife in your relationship?

If the rumor mill is to be believed, Jennifer Anniston, the actress that played “Rachel” on the hit TV series Friends, broke up with her singer boyfriend John C. Mayer over his addiction to the micro blogging site Twitter.  According to the Telegraph, Ms. Anniston was fed up with Mr. Mayer not returning her calls or emails, but yet he kept finding time to update his Twitter account. Jennifer Van Grove of Mashable did a break down of his Tweeting habits, and while it does show a sharp increase in frequency since February, it still works out to only 7.4 Tweets (the nickname for a message on Twitter) per day. Not that high of a number really, but if the story is to be believed, enough to make a couple split up.

Whatever the case between these two love birds is, that really isn’t the point.  The point is that this brings up an intriguing question of the amount of social media hopping people do these days could lead to strife in relationships.  With more and more services popping up on top of the old ones we already have, what are we cutting out of our time each day to check and reply messages, change our status, update our profiles and so on?  Video game sales are on the rise, sales of movie tickets are at an all time high, Americans are watching more TV than ever before, and the list goes on and on of how we are spending more and more tiem detached from the people immediately around us.  You add in social networking, and you can easily see people are running out of free time.

This may sound funny coming from a blog about technology, but maybe it is time we all start backing away from the computer some what.  Do you really need to update your status on Facebook?  Demi Moore, the actress, recently posted a video on Qik of how her husband, actor Ashton Kutcher, was making them late for a plane flight due to his checking his Facebook.  True, he says he is checking for messages from his mom, but he couldn’t have picked up the phone to call and talk to her from the car?  Being on the computer may, at times, feel like something is taking less time, but going to the computer – logging in – clicking on your inbox – reading – replying – sending, that takes less time than picking up a phone to call someone and say, “I love you”?  No, it doesn’t, and you don’t get the pleasure of hearing the other person’s voice.

Just take a deep breath, think before you log in to yet another social network, or send another Tweet, and ask yourself, “Is there someone I should call or spend a moment with in person?”  People are mistaking the connectiveness of social networking with the connectiveness of real-time relationships, and that is just sad.  And certainly don’t get me wrong, I am just as guilty as the next person.  As soon as I hit publish on this article, I’m going for a walk… outside… and I’m not checking my Facebook before I do it, either.

Categories: Facebook, Opinion, Social Networking   

2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. prestorikan
    March 26th, 2009 at 10:13 am #

    you wrote it for the sake of it. Nobody can be as lame as this story is. I hate Twitter and evrything abot it . the worst part is ppl think if they are not writing about it they are missing the cool factor. Twitter is such a shit

  2. Wilber Laaker
    September 18th, 2016 at 12:30 am #

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