I know a lot of posts have been about Facebook lately, but it’s interesting to me how people treat this social network.
This article was posted last week on a former coworker’s profile and I got a little fired up.
Be careful when you surf Facebook, or your relationship status may go from "married" to "it's complicated," researchers warn.
The more time you spend on the social networking site, the more likely you are to feel jealous, according to a study from the University of Guelph.
It goes on to discuss specific cases of divorces and break-ups that are being blamed on Facebook, and it really made me smack my forehead. People seem to be in agreement that Facebook makes it easier to cheat, so people are more likely to do it.
I feel quite strongly about this: Facebook isn't assisting or causing relationship problems. Where’s the trust? Someone writes something ambiguous on your partner’s wall, you have two choices: ask your partner about it or fucking forget about it. It’s Facebook. Chances are, a post like that is only going to cause you relationship troubles if you’re taking Facebook too seriously (which it seems like most people do).
That aside, I'm sure the students at Guelph would've rather had a few new flat screen TV's somewhere on campus than have money put toward this ridiculous "study". I hope this wasn't someone's graduate degree research.
Bottom line: People who cheat were going to cheat anyway. Correlation does not equal cause.
…perhaps there should be a follow-up "study": people who claim to be a victim of relationship problems caused by Facebook vs. their IQ.
Anyway, Facebook does have its perks. I have recently gotten hooked on the FarmVille game. Check out my sweet farm: