The Love Reaction is thriving on Facebook, but is Facebook preventing real-life love reactions from flourishing?
A survey of 5,000 users of the social network by research- and evidence-based website Stop Procrastinating seems to point to that.
Stop Procrastinating found that:
- 17 percent of respondent found that Facebook made them jealous of their partners’ other online relationships.
- 26 percent argued with their partner because they felt neglected, and that updating Facebook was more important to their partner.
- 44 percent said their partners’ needs to update Facebook ruined romantic moments.
- 32 percent said they felt a loss of intimacy because their partner checked Facebook in bed.
- 22 percent said Facebook made it easier to stay in touch with people they met casually, potentially leading to affairs.
- 17 percent have been tempted to contact ex-partners with the objective of having an affair.
- 47 percent felt guilty of emotional cheating on Facebook.
- 46 percent monitored partners’ activity on Facebook due to jealousy.
- 67 percent were not surprised that Facebook is being cited in an increasing number of divorce cases.
Stop Procrastinating research director Tim Rollins said in a release announcing the study’s results:
Facebook is a place to meet and keep in touch with friends, only sometimes those friends are long-lost lovers or people you’ve meet casually and didn’t think you’d bump into again. Facebook is designed so that you never lose touch with anyone ever again. The result is that more people are falling in love on the platform, having affairs and flirting when they shouldn’t be.
Readers: What do you think of the findings by Stop Procrastinating?
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