I just found out on Facebook that an old classmate of mine in high school recently had a baby. I don’t speak to her everyday or think about her every morning while I have coffee, but a few years back we friended each other on Facebook and have stayed connected because of it. I’m SO happy for her. I’m so glad to see her happy. We aren’t necessarily “friends” but in the world of Facebook we are and the news made me smile.

Dierks Bentley recently used Facebook to search for his lost dog Jake and a Facebook user actually found him, responded via social media and returned him! So cool!

Now, as much as Facebook can be really inspirational and informative about GREAT news like that, it has also been known for being the cause of heartache and DRAMA!!! In the past 3 years, Facebook has been a direct reason for the downfall of relationships according to divorce lawyers polled and it keeps climbing. Granted, people have “bigger’ problems outside of Facebook, but it seems as though logging on and posting only generates more drama causing breakups.

So, here are some tips to help you SAVE your relationship from any drama ahead of time.

  • DISCUSS changing your relationship status ahead of time IN PERSON with your partner.
  • DON’T put all of your negative business out on Facebook.
  • DO post positive attributes about your significant other if you ARE going to post about the two of you.
  • Personally SHARE your news (engagement/breakup/divorce/marriage) with close friends and family before posting to the Facebook world.

Here are some recent stats I’ve found on facebook usage via dazeinfo.com, atramatch.com and jobstock.com:

  • 1 Billion people on Facebook worldwide.
  • 58% Female
  • 42% Male
  • 12.1 minutes per day

More Facebook Statistics 2013:

  • The research over found that 63% of social media users had modified their default privacy settings, indicating budding privacy problems in social networking platforms. Indeed, about 6 out of 10 said they either were not concerned about their privacy information or felt it was safe from a data infringe, while roughly 4 out of 10 expressed concern about the manner their data was handled on social networks. it was noted that more than 60% of social media users – deleted last people from their friends lists, up from 56% in 2009. While, 26% of users who keep their profiles private say they apply additional privacy settings to limit the exposure of their personal data to few friends.25 percent of users on Facebook don’t bother with any kind of privacy control, while 23 percent of Facebook’s users check their account 5 or more times daily.
  •  More than 1 million websites have integrated with Facebook in various ways; this has proved that the platform has become mandatory for most of the website to depend on Facebook.
  •  As of 2012, 210,000 years of music have been played on Facebook along with 62.6 million songs and about 22 billion times. The most interesting fact here is, the music-listening app only started in September 2011 and this data is from September 11, 2012.
  •  Also, 80% users preferred to connect to brands through Facebook compared to any other social networking site. This clearly gave a message that People didn’t want waste their time to just browse around the internet visiting the sites of brands, but wanted it to find them.

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