I know that friendships and relationships can be forged online. I've made some great friends, I've had a couple relationships, and some of my close friends have had similar experiences. One comment that I've definitely heard (and used) more than once, is something like, "We've just broken up and he/she already changed their status to "single!"
It's amazing to me that we define our relationships not by the quality of our interaction, the strength of our conviction to each other, or even the cold hard truth... but by whether or not to take the BIG step and change your status from "single" or "in a relationship."
One of the things that make social networking so successful is both the desire for humans to be exhibitionists and to be voyeurs. When we split with a loved one, we can obsess over them and spy on them by viewing their day to day conversations online with friends. This is when we check out their relationship status, and for sure, when it says, "single" that bears a huger impact than the actual human interaction that led to the break up.
It's totally nonsensical!
So, tonight, I checked out BBC, and found this:
"A man has been jailed for life for stabbing his wife to death over a posting she made on the social networking site Facebook.
Wayne Forrester, 34, told police he was devastated that his wife Emma, also 34, had changed her online profile to "single" days after he had moved out."
What do you think of this? Isn't this some sort of red flag?
Here's the full article: crazy facebook dude