Relationships — love and meaning — can be made difficult by physical barriers. Many experts believe that VR will be more than a gaming fad.There is a growing belief it can create an ability to have full-fledged, wide-angle experiences, and even relive cherished memories.Today, nearly half of the public knows someone who uses online dating or who has met a spouse or partner via online dating – and attitudes toward online dating have grown progressively more positive.
And 81% “have seen an increase in the number of cases using social networking evidence during the past five years.” A United Kingdom-based divorce service found references to Facebook in 20% of its divorce petitions, according to the Telegraph.
This is in spite of the fact that the divorce rate has been slowly creeping downward (16.9 divorces per 1,000 women age 15 in 2008, slowly decreasing from a high of 22.6 in 1980). “The Internet, however, offers anonymity and a concentrated pool of potential cheating partners, especially if the philanderer knows where to look,” Gaither says.
Online anecdotes blaming social media for failed marriages and relationships are easy to find: Meanwhile, 43% of U. Internet users check in with social networking sites daily and countless others use social networks on an irregular basis. Mark Gaither, founder of Redemptive Heart Ministries and author of , says “If social media—e-mail, dating sites, etc.—does anything to contribute to the divorce rate, it makes illicit behavior more convenient. “The Internet offers a less risky entrance to the world of cheating for someone who would otherwise choose a more constructive path.” Gaither argues that social networking isn’t the problem.
Few people would leave a spouse at home to troll nightclubs for affairs because the exposure is too great. “I receive a lot of mail from men and women dealing with a wayward spouse, and they frequently mention dating sites, virtual sex, and hidden e-mail accounts in the context of cheating, but none see the Internet as the core problem,” Gaither says.
I filled forms about my interests, my opinions and my personal goals – which was having a family – something I’d been too frightened to mention to my exes in the early days for fear of scaring them off.