Many social networks provide an online environment for people to communicate and exchange personal information for dating purposes.
Most of these social networks, just like online dating services, require users to give out certain pieces of information.
However, an important difference between social networks and online dating services is the fact that online dating sites usually require a fee, where social networks are free.
Virtual identity suicide
There is a growing number of social network users who decide to quit their user account by committing a so-called virtual identity suicide or Web 2.0 suicide.
The number one reason for these users was privacy concerns (48%), being followed by a general dissatisfaction with the social networking website (14%), negative aspects regarding social network friends (13%) and the feeling of getting addicted to the social networking website (6%).
Facebook quitters were found to be more concerned about privacy, more addicted to the Internet and more conscientious.
Breaking-up with a significant other is never easy to do, and new technologies are starting to make the process easier, but also less personal. Sites such as Facebook are becoming increasingly popular tools for methods of ending relationships, proving that although new media is being used as a tool for connecting with individuals, it is now creating new problems associated with disconnecting from others.
The problem with that is that you are left with no closure and the entire online world now knows you are no longer in a relationship.
If someone breaks-up with you, you can actively choose what “face” you want to present to your friends, including your ex. Even though you may be absolutely heartbroken within, Facebook allows you to hide your true feelings from the online world, and from your ex, by manipulating your profile.
Many people find that the only way to really move on from a past relationship is to cut the person out of their life completely. Social media has made this process much more complicated and difficult, this content can still remain online.
Furthermore, social network sites can create insincere friendships.