Sex through Social Media – Yay or Nay?

25 Jan

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I read about two new studies examining how social media — particularly Facebook — impacts sex and relationships.

On the one hand, a survey says that social networking leads to sex faster. Reuters reports that nearly four out of five women and three out of five men claim that texting, Facebook and other social networking tools make couples jump into bed faster.

Faster communication = faster possibilities for sex. Seems reasonable.

But another survey shows that Facebook destroys marriages. Over 80 percent of US divorce lawyers cite social media evidence in divorce cases as reasons for ending marriages, with one in five lawyers specifically pointing to Facebook.

Public communication = faster possibilities for private demise. Also seems reasonable.

Perhaps these surveys point to the fact that it’s good for some things to stay private. Sure, having (or changing) a relationship status on Facebook has become common. But is it necessary — or even positive — to display private or intimate details for the world to see? Personally, if I need to talk about relationship issues, the people in my life who I trust will know about it. But that’s it.

Has anyone had an interesting relationship story that played out over Facebook or social media?

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5 Responses to “Sex through Social Media – Yay or Nay?”

  1. Whose your mama? January 25, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    Facebook is a very tricky place when it comes to relationships. Even if you believe some of the info or even pisture you post may be harmless, to someone else it may look shady. People just have to use it for its intended purpose and to feed hidden insecurities.

    • Julie January 25, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

      That’s very true. It would be interesting to see how Facebook facilitates dating and relationships in contrast to online dating sites.

      • Whose your mama? January 26, 2011 at 9:19 am #

        Definitely would be interesting to see that. If it wasn’t for Facebook I wouldn’t be in my current relationship.

  2. Lloyd-O January 26, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    The younger generation (um… sadly, that would exclude me) have these wonderful social media tools (email, internet, mobile devices, texting, FB, etc.) that allow you to cover a lot of ground in conversations VERY FAST. Lucky you. However, there’s no substitute for face-to-face communication (especially in learning how to deal with differences of opinions and arguments).

    None of these studies are surprising — social media has made it easier to “run the bases,” but have also made it easier to dump a partner and move on.

    For me, it’s not a question of Yay or Nay… it just is.


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