July 12, 2010
Facebook, MySpace and Twitter are just a few of the social networking sites millions of people visit each day to reconnect with old friends, meet new ones and keep friends and family in the loop. These Web sites are also a place where relationships are being formed — and finished with the click of a mouse! Special Dr. Phil contributor Kelly Osbourne weighs in on the impact social networking sites have on face-to-face relationships, and hear from guests whose love lives are tangled in the Web. And, lawyers say Facebook is being cited in one in five divorce petitions. If you’re married, learn how these social networking sites can cause problems with your spouse.
Social Networking Influence on Dating
Dr. Phil special contributor, Kelly Osbourne, says that social networking sites ruin relationships, and she won’t allow her fiancé to have a Facebook page. She sits down with young women to have a candid discussion about social networking sites and their effects on dating.
Adiat and Rico began their relationship on Facebook and after dating for a year, one of them ended it the same way it started ” with a click. Rico, also known as Your Royal Flyness and Rico Suave, says he actually teaches other guys how to use Facebook to hook up with women.
The Easy Hook Up
Vince, 19, says he feels like a rock star when he uses his online social networking profiles to line up multiple ladies for dates in one night.
Doing Your Dirty Work
If you’re too nervous or scared to break up with your significant other, there’s an Internet service that will dump your sweetheart for you.
Warning for Married Couples
Kelly says she’s usually so focused on Facebook or some other electronic device that she’s rarely intimate with her husband, Chris. As soon as Chris goes to sleep, Kelly reaches for her iPhone and takes it to bed with her in a separate room. Psychiatrist Edward Hallowell and his marriage therapist wife, Sue, pay the couple a house call to get to the core of their distractions.
Relationship Mistakes to Be Aware Of
Dr. Hallowell and Sue, authors of Married to Distraction: Restoring Intimacy and Strengthening Your Marriage in an Age of Interruption, teach you how to spot hidden distractions in your relationship, and the mistakes you may not realize you’re making.
“We’ve been talking about technology today, and look, everything is a double-edged sword. If you use it, it’s good. If you abuse it, it’s not. It can hurt your life. Now, if you start using social networking as an escape or to use people, then stop. Turn it off. Walk away from it. Go cold turkey, and reconnect with the real people in your lives.”