The online world is dramatically changing the way we live and relate to each other.
Today we can do so many things in this space, it is difficult to imagine our lives without the ability to jump online from wherever we are - to check our email or Facebook page, buy and sell, make travel plans, find a partner, seek out past friends and make new ones, post comments about issues, do our banking, read newspapers, watch videos. The list goes on.
The phenomenal take up of social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter shows no sign of abating - and it is not just the tech savvy Gen Ys who interact in this way.
Research is telling us that the older people are increasingly turning to alternative spaces as they become more comfortable with the possibilities provided by the internet. A study by Deloitte showed that by 2008, more than 20 million social networkers in the United States were over the age of 50.
A more recent worldwide study by The Nielsen Company showed that people spent more than five and a half hours per month on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter in December 2009, a massive 82 per cent increase from the same period the previous year.
The Nielsen study showed that Australians led the world in social media engagement, averaging more than seven hours per month on social media sites.
Now, according to a Box Hill Institute YouTube video on social networking, the average Facebook user spends 1.2 days per month (28.8 hours) on the site, let alone additional time that may be spent on other sites.
In this highly-connected world, people are relating to each other differently. But what does this mean for their relationships - with their partner, family, friends, colleagues, others?
Relationships Australia Victoria has been in the relationship support business for more than 60 years and knows a lot about what makes or breaks positive relationships in the real world.
We want to find out more about the impact, both positive and negative, of technology and social media on relationships, so that we can help people manage their relationships in the online world as well.
You can help us by completing this short survey. We will use the results to inform and improve our services to clients and the community.
To do the survey, click here.
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