MORE: Online Dating Doesn’t Just Save You Time, It Saves You at Least ,400And when the participants were compared on marital satisfaction, the partners who met via social networking reported being just as happy as those who were introduced on online dating sites, which tout their compatibility benefits, and more satisfied than those who met on online communities, which nurture conversations among people with similar interests and beliefs.What surprised Hall even more, however, was that the social networking-based relationships were happier than those that began offline, in traditional ways such as being introduced by mutual friends.“I was surprised by a lot of these results,” he says.And yet, this interconnectedness, while wonderful, hasn't come without cost.ISOLATION Much has been written about the dangers of Internet addiction.Photo: Steve Keys Email, Twitter, Facebook, My Space, You Tube, Delicious, Digg, Linked In, blogs (of course), and scores of others—all part of the new and wonderful ways we can now connect with one another electronically, each with its own culture and unique set of rules.In one sense, the planet has never been more interconnected.“I think that social networking is the digital version of being introduced by friends.” For most of the 20 century, friend-based introductions were the primary way people met their spouse, he says, and social networks may simply be an extension of that pattern.
We may feel we're connecting effectively with others via the Internet, but too much electronic-relating paradoxically engenders a sense of social isolation.
The sample included 19,131 participants who had been married once between 20, and were asked where they met – was it online dating sites; email or instant messaging; online communities such as chat rooms or virtual reality games; or social networking sites.
Those who met on social networking sites were more likely to be younger, married more recently, and African American compared to those who met on other ways on the internet.
If you were on the internet circa 2005 then you probably remember Myspace Tom.
You know, the guy who automatically became the first friend of everyone joining the social media site, stealthily staking a place in your top eight friends list. Well, while we might have ditched the glory days of Myspace for Facebook, we’re pleased to discover that Tom and his lo-res grinning profile picture live on.