Technology and Literacy:Facebook and Relationships Sierra Farrands
Why?• I had to chose something. So I chose something bearable.• The average person spends 8 hours a month on Facebook. (mashable.com)• Facebook is about people, and their interactions. People + interactions = relationships
Research Questions• Is Facebook a positive contribution to relationships?• Is Facebook a negative contribution to relationships?• Does Facebook even contribute to relationships at all?• How can someone control the Facebook effects in their relationship?
The Research• Articles, articles, articles.• Interviews
Findings• The people matter more than the medium used.• Watch what you do on the internet! Time spent, attention paid.• Watch what you say on the internet.• Don’t make bad choices and expect no repercussions.
Findings• Facebook won’t interfere in a healthy relationship between two confident, healthy people.• People who tend to have insecurities will probably be the most negatively affected by Facebook.• The more time you spent on Facebook, the more at risk you are for negative affects like jealousy and low-self esteem.
Fun Facts via Oddee.com• Over 25% of users have already been dumped via Facebook• A June 2010 survey of 1,000 Facebook users -- 70% of whom were male -- found that 25% had been "dumped" via Facebook (via their significant other updating his or her relationship status).• Twenty-one percent of those surveyed said they would end a relationship by changing their Facebook relationship statuses to "single." While worrisome, the survey does show the majority of people do not split up via Facebook.
Fun Facts via Oddee.com• 1 in 5 divorces is because of Facebook• It used to be the tell-tale lipstick on the collar. Then there were the give-away texts that spelled the death knell for many marriages. But now one in five divorces involve the social networking site Facebook, according to a new survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.• A staggering 80 per cent of divorce lawyers have also reported a spike in the number of cases that use social media for evidence of cheating.