Can modern marriage survive modern technology? More specifically: Can couples remain afloat in a swirling sea of social networking sites?
It’s all a gal can do to blog and tweet during a lunch break pedicure – while composing texts that would make Danielle Steel blush.
Lately a handful of exes and colleagues tracked me down to giddily remind me of their Facebook presence. Here they go again, casting their fishing rods! It’s as if somehow these social platforms have awarded them a clean slate, granting them a license to, dare I say, stray.
Has our finetuning of online social networking skills awoken others parts of us that, well, were asleep? If so, could that explain the increased divorce rate?
Apparently, yes. The Guardian recently reported that “cyber affairs” are being cited with greater frequency in disruptions of real marriages. Social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are, according to divorce lawyers, the online enablers.
There’s no question that being part of a supportive, dynamic duo is the preferred modus operandi. But how do you manage ‘it’ while now having to manage all of ‘them’ (the ‘them’ being all of your new social network pals). Perhaps we need to insert a new matrimonial questions like: “Do you promised to unfriend all exes on Facebook, never to visit their page?” Don’t expect any marital wisdom from this single girl. I just discovered my less-than-significant other not only created a blog, but belongs to multiple social networks. I miss the opaque era.