Over the past 20 years, U.S. Census figures show fewer American couples are calling it quits. Divorce is on the decline!
Yes, love is in the air both in the real world and in cyberspace. WGNO news producer Christine Zitzmann met her husband on Facebook. Well, sort of. "A friend of mine said, have you heard of this thing called Facebook? And I got on it and started friending people and we had a mutual friend on there and I said hey, I remember this guy from a few weeks ago!"
3 short years later, Christine and Brian tied the knot. Brian says, "I knew pretty early that I wanted to marry her and I ended up saving up the money to get the ring and buying the ring and then when we went to Disneyworld I proposed to her in front of the castle."
Marriage counselor Dr. J, from the CARE Institute, says it's not a coincidence so many people are hooking up online. A recent study in Family Therapy magazine shows Facebook increases dopamine levels in the brain. "When people start looking at Facebook, using Facebook a lot, their dopamine is triggered. It makes them feel better. It's the same thing that happens when you exercise and you get that natural high. So, Facebook has that same affect. Social interaction has that same affect."
Dr. J says you get the same high when falling in love. So, if you're looking for a mate, there's a real chance you just might find one online.
Facebook can be a safer way to meet your mate as well. You're more likely on Facebook to connect with someone who's a friend or a friend of a friend, than you are on a site like eHarmony or Match.com. Dr. J says, "It's maybe a safer way than the online dating world where you're never really sure if the person is truly what they are saying what they are."
However, it's not all good news online. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers claims 81% of its members have seen an increase in Facebook-related divorces. Social networking is especially problematic in relationships that are already on the rocks.
Christine and Brian say they're happy they met on Facebook, but if daughter Emilie came home with someone she met online, "We would definitely have to meet this person first! Not through Facebook!"
There's something to be said for connecting the old-fashioned way.