Social networking and relationships There has been a lot of talk about how social media networking influences your romantic relationship. In my opinion, if you have a good, secure relationship without any communication issues, then you should be fine. Obviously, it also depends on the individuals. One of the problems is that sometimes people pretend to be something else on the internet. There are a lot of people that say they are single when they have been in a relationship for quite some time, or worse, they are married. If you are in a relationship and your partner isn’t on any social networking website, then you are free to do pretty much what you want. But sooner or later, he or she will find out and things won’t be very pleasant. If you are active on social networks, then your virtual friends can see what you are doing all the time. If you check the social media feeds on a regular basis, you can find out what your friends have been doing before they even have a chance to tell you. Not to mention that this is highly addictive. If your partner doesn’t use these sites, he or she will never understand your need to constantly check what has happened on the internet. According to a research by John Cacioppo, from the University of Chicago, loneliness can be transmitted via social networks. His findings show that if a direct connection of yours is lonely, you are 52% more likely to be just like him. If that connection is a friend of a friend, the chances drop to 25%. And if that person is a friend of a friend of a friend (3 degrees out), chances are of 15%. Even though this research only analyzed offline social networks, in some degree it can apply to online social networks as well. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t use social networks anymore, just that you should be careful with what you share on them. Mylife.com is a website where you can find people from your life. With more than 60 million registered members, mylife.com helps you find old and new connection and keep in touch with them more easily.