Thursday, April 26, 2012

SOCIAL NETWORKS ARE ALSO SOURCE OF ONLINE FRICTIONS, MAY LEAD TO BREAKUP IN RELATIONSHIPS.





Relationships are hard enough. But the rise of social media — where sharing private moments is encouraged, and provocative and confessional postings can help build a following — has created a new source of friction for couples: what is fair game for sharing with the world?

The popular social networking sites are Facebook, Linkedin, Orkut, Twitter, Google+, Myspace, Tagged, Ning, Meetup, Myyearbook, Badoo, Cafemom / others and Emails.

If one half of a couple is not interested in broadcasting the details of a botched dinner or romantic weekend, Facebook postings or tweets can create irritation, embarrassment, miscommunication and bruised egos.

After a few relationship-testing episodes, some spouses have started insisting that their partners ask for approval before posting comments and photographs that include them. Couples also are talking through rules about what is O.K. to share.

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