reply to post by Ariele
I have wondered about facebook and marriage.
Responding to the question:
I'm single, and facebook has had a positive impact. I spend much time writing-- very solitary work and I like the solitude. In fact, I enjoy
addressing varied topics on ATS as a means of refocusing my attention to engage others, which is helpful in my writing.
Most of my friends are single. Caught up in careers, after hours there is none at home for those, but going out every night is logistically
impractical for many. FB allows those friends (and me) to stay in contact (mobile society-- maintain friendships after one of us has moved away),
keep up, catch up and best of all, make plans to meet.
I use the event invitation often for making plans. My group of friends often centers our gatherings around local music venues-- and we have several
groups which we follow and several of the performers and artists within my own circle of friends.
Responding to the OP content:
The use of facebook while in the presence of living and breathing persons gathered specifically to interact socially-- that is as alien to me as
interrupting a face-to-face conversation to answer a telephone -- but the vast majority do just that.
I'm driving at a point here...
On most, maybe even all, social gatherings I have noticed that if one persons finds him/herself briefly alone, he or she is apt to pull out the iPhone
and text. As I mentioned, I like solitude, and I like people; so if out publicly or over at someone home, the idea of texting is a bizarre one to me;
yet, again, most do it.
Just as many fear being in crowds, I suppose some, perhaps your -ex, feels lonely if not constantly connected to others. It matches what I observe in
many I know.