It's Complicated: Seventeen examines how teenagers go through entire relationships on Facebook

by Liam Britten | Research

Man, kids these days.

I used to think I was “current” and “with it” when I got dumped over MSN Messenger. The times, though, they are a-changin’, and research by Seventeen magazine (yes, that venerable, peer-reviewed journal about which Jonas Brother is the dreamiest) shows that relationships have entire life spans over Facebook.

Mashable has details and analysis about the Seventeen study:

As we have already seen in other studies, Facebook also plays a role in how we fall out of love. Mashable writer Samuel Axon wrote a detailed feature about how Facebook has changed dating for the worse, Facebook dating app AreYouInterested released a study in which 21% of respondents said they would break up with someone via changing their statuses, and, most recently, infographic wizard David McCandless came out with a chart that shows popular breakup periods by way of status updates.

Seventeen, for its part, reports that 10% of people have been dumped over Facebook, and the same number would just change their relationship status to “single” to cut a lover loose. The report also depicts the anguish the site can cause after a breakup, citing that 27% of people change their connection to their exes after a breakup via blocking (get Ex-Blocker for that extra push), hiding him or her on the News Feed or unfriending. Surprisingly, 73% of people keep their exes in the friends list. I’d like to see some stats on how many of those 73% stalk said ex after the breakup.

Finding out you’ve been dumped on your newsfeed? That’s cold.

Plenty of my guy friends, most of whom are in the 23–26-year-old range, live for Facebook flirting. It’s odd, but they laugh at the idea of using dating websites to meet women, but see Facebook as a godsend. Is it really that different?

I guess it's a generational thing. I don’t know anyone my age who’s found a “soul mate” by flirting on Facebook; on the other hand, a friend of mine who's over 30 met a woman on Craigslist two years ago — and by next summer, he’ll be calling her his wife.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Liam Britten

Liam Britten

Liam Britten is a writer and editor with a journalism background operating out of Vancouver. In addition to his work at Techvibes, he has been published in student publications across Canada, as well as local newspapers such as The MapleRidge-Pitt Meadows TIMES and The Langley Advance. An aficionado for the finer things in life — such as video games and sports — Liam is plugged into the tech... more

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