Changing face of love in the age of Facebook
Thu, 30 Jan 2014 22:00:00 GMT —
Facebook has connected friends, family and generations. Couples are even using it to maintain and enhance their romantic relationships.
"In general, I've found that interacting with your partner is good on Facebook," Western Illinois University Assistant Professor Christopher Carpenter said.
Carpenter studied romantic relationships on Facebook among college students. He found the social media platform can help couples.
"I think it provides people with an opportunity to check in with their partner, remind their partner that they're thinking about them, they care about them," he said. "If you want to talk to your partner during the day, you have to make a 10-minute phone call, which could take a little time. With things like Facebook, you can like their status, you can share something you think is funny on their wall."
WIU Assistant Professor Bree McEwan has found similar results from her social media research.
"Talking to your romantic partner on Facebook can be useful because we know in the general relationship maintenance literature that having that network support for your relationship is a good thing," she said. "You want the network to socially validate that you have this relationship, and that it's a positive thing."
Both researchers said Facebook can cause some a rift as well.
"I also found that to some extent if you see your partner interact with people on Facebook that you think they might be attracted to, that tends to cause jealousy but that's true of everywhere," Carpenter said.
Meanwhile, a local attorney said Facebook has changed the face of divorce.
Casey Schnack specializes in family and divorce law.
She said Facebook can be a very powerful investigative tool in the courtroom.
That's because users document who they're hanging out with and where.
Schnack also said the social media platform provides a wider net for people to reach out to, good and bad.
"Facebook has changed the landscape of divorce and they way that attorneys proceed with handling a divorce and litigating in the courtroom," she said. "Once you put it out there, you can't take it back. Everyone's worried about how an employee is going to view what they put on Facebook. Very rarely do you hear people think about how that could affect them in the courtroom."
Schnack also said she's seen Facebook break down a relationship.
She said one example of that is people being more focused on their phones than having face-to-face interactions.
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