Breaking up is hard to do, but when the time comes, do you man-up and face the music, or take the easy way out? As if you need to ask…
Once again, Facebook pops up as the way to get the message across, with new research suggesting that one third of people have broken up with their significant other via the social network, email or text. To make matters worse, 40 percent admitted they'd consider doing so using these methods in the future. Charming.
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US-based market research company, Lab42, surveyed people over the age of 18 about how social networking affected their relationships. They found that, after being given the boot, the first thing half of the respondents did was go online to change their Facebook status.
It's not all bad, though. It seems Facebook also helps new relationships blossom, with nearly six in ten percent of people who meet someone they are interested in immediately sending them a Facebook friend request.
Single respondents were also asked how they'd prefer to ask someone out on a date. Four out of 10 said that they'd prefer to do it face-to-face, but a whopping 24 percent said they'd do so through Facebook. Just 16 percent said they'd call the object of their affection over the phone.
Back in June, a study by the Pew Research Center found that the number of people using social networks was increasing, and that 35 percent of those users were over the age of 35.
"Social networking sites have become increasingly important to people as they find ways to integrate check-ins and updates into the rhythms of their lives," said Lee Rainie from Pew Research Center.
"But the story hasn’t ended. It’s clear that the world of networked individuals will continue to change as the platforms and populations of users continue to evolve."
What do you think? Would you dump someone over Facebook, or do you think you owe it to the dumpee to do it face-to-face?
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