After over-analyzing recent activity on my ex-boyfriend/renewed-love-interest's Facebook page for the thousandth time in 3 days, I finally decided to deactivate my own Facebook account.
When friends asked about my decision, I mumbled something about needing more time to focus on my work and my massive workload for my classes -- not a complete lie as I have now had a lot more time for both. However, aside from the increased productivity, I have also seen a sharp decrease in stress and sharp increase in my own happiness.
I no longer see every girl with a Facebook page as a threat to me, and I no longer spend hours upon hours poring over the "personal" lives of human beings whom, were it not for Facebook, I really wouldn't care about at all.
I no longer spend the large majority of my day digging for information that might be detrimental to any blossoming relationship.
With 1 in 5 marriages ending as a result of information found on Facebook, we have to consider where we should draw the line. Midway through my relationship with the aforementioned ex-boyfriend, he decided to deactivate his own Facebook account, and only recently reactivated it.
At the time I thought he was being jealous and childish, though I now realize that him not having a page probably kept our relationship going a lot longer.
It kept illogical jealousies at bay, and kept us from many of the unnecessary arguments that I watched other couples go through, that were a direct result of information and pictures posted on Facebook.
As I explore a possible future with my ex, I am definitely considering going Facebook-free for the duration of time to save myself the unnecessary stress.
Has Facebook been more damaging or helpful to your relationship?