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          Dating and Married to Distraction

          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.

          “It takes the excitement out of getting to know somebody.”

          Web Exclusive: Kelly reveals her candid thoughts about Facebook.

          Facebook Fiasco

          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.

          Learn why a Facebook profile ultimately ended this relationship.

          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. 

          “Once you actually get to know these people, you can get them to do whatever you want them to do.”

          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.

          Meet Bradley and find out how he changes lives.

          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. 

          “What people don’t understand is how powerful a little bit of time can be.”

          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.

          The Five Biggest Mistakes that Threaten Relationships

          Dr. Phil’s Final Thought:

          “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.”

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