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‘I can’t believe she’s got more friends on Facebook!’

June 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Romance, Lust & Passion

Katrina and Alan Higman

Katrina Higham and partner Alan regularly talk on Twitter, but admit social networking has its downfalls. Picture: Jon Hargest
Source: Herald Sun

FACEBOOK friction is increasingly being diagnosed in internet-savvy couples.

Lovers on the rocks are now airing issues in counselling sessions that have arisen from social media, chat rooms and dating websites, Relationships Australia says.

The internet is being turned into a battleground, with social networking sites such as Facebook becoming breeding grounds for jealousy, cheating, snooping and the playing out of nasty break-ups.

Too much tweeting is nothing to “LOL” about either.

Preliminary results from an online Relationships Australia Victoria survey show 95 per cent of respondents are worried about privacy, 87 per cent about the time their partner spends on the net, and 85 per cent by less personal communication.

The social media/technology survey, provided exclusively to the Herald Sun, found concerns about conflicting priorities and trust also ranked highly.

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Relationships Australia spokeswoman Sue Yorston said couples needed to be more mindful of each other in cyberspace.

“It can be a double-edged sword,” she said.

“Trust and privacy are the two top concerns in relationships, as well as the amount of time people spend on those social media pages.

“There can often be a sense of rejection that the other party would sooner talk to someone on Facebook than talk to them.”

But don’t hit the deactivate button too soon.

Most of the 200 respondents said social media and technology was positive, with 78 per cent finding it helped maintain relationships with friends or family.

Just over half found it aided in their communication with each other.

Katrina Higham, 30, and partner Alan, 31, regularly keep in contact on Twitter, but admit social networking has its downfalls.

“We find it an essential tool to communicate during the day. We run a business together and it’s easier than a phone call,” Mrs Higham said.

“But I am a chronic tweeter, and Al sometimes gets annoyed.”

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