It is estimated that there are over 800 million active Facebook accounts worldwide and in 2011 alone 200 million accounts were created. Of this number 50% are daily users of the site and approximately 30 billion different bits of information pass through Facebook accounts every month. It is interesting to note that 250 million people use their mobile phone to access their Facebook page.
These statistics are staggering when you think that the number of Facebook members still equals only about 11% of the entire population on the planet. It is also amazing when you think of all the positive options for staying in touch or reconnecting with friends and family. Unfortunately that is not all that Facebook is good for.
Divorce attorneys worldwide report a major uptick in the number of divorces filed because of cheating using this very popular social media website. This can range from carrying on completely virtual love affairs through to sending sexual images or even actually hooking up and starting real world relationships.
Couples should have the option to use Facebook as a social outlet. However, setting down some simple guidelines, actually three hard and fast rules, can help prevent suspicion and distrust from ruining an otherwise great relationship.
Rule #1 Share Your Password
There shouldn't be anything on your Facebook page you don't want your spouse to see. If you are planning a party or surprise then use another form of communication, perhaps good old conversation, which will not cause suspicion and stress.
Giving your spouse your password shows that you have nothing to hide and also that you trust them.
Rule #2 Time With Your Partner Is More Important Than Time Online
Spending all your time when your spouse is at home or at work on Facebook is going to cause friction in a relationship. Sometimes "virtual" friends and relationships become a substitute for the real thing. After all they don't share their faults and all you see is the person that they want you to, which often makes them seem so much "better" than your spouse and all their problems and issues.
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