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Social Media Dating and Virginia Divorce

Social Media Dating and Virginia Divorce

Our parent’s courtship narrative is quickly becoming “obsolete,” says David Brooks of the New York Times. For centuries, men and women have wooed each other within a social context that tempered erotic impulses through romantic love, courtship rituals and the possibility of marriage. Social media such a Facebook, MySpace and texting have fundamentally altered the romantic chase; now young people hunting for partners meet through vast, virtual networks of individuals, operating outside traditional social and familial norms. In this world of unlimited and unregulated opportunity, both men and women often maintain several relationships at any one time, before moving on to others. “If you have several options perpetually before you, and if technology makes it easier to jump from one option to another, you will naturally adopt the mentality of a comparison shopper.”

Using technology to comparison shop for a mate is fine, provided you are not already married.  Social Media Dating and Virginia Divorce have an interesting interplay.  Amazing and useful things (for divorce lawyers) are created each day by married adults posting things on social websites. If you’re still holding onto the belief that hitting delete or turning off your machine will make your key strokes magically disappear, you may be surprised (in a very, very bad way). Electronic forensic experts like Sensei Enterprises in Fairfax, Virginia will not be deterred by you “emptying the trash” on your desktop. How you can legally get at information stored on a computer and then use it in a family law matter is an interesting and developing area of the law. If you have questions about electronic evidence and divorce, I would be pleased to speak with you.

Jason A. Weis, Esquire – Curran Weis Moher P.C. – – 10300 Eaton Place, Suite 520 – 571-328-5020

Social Networking and Virginia Divorce

Social Networking and Virginia Divorce

Scientists at the University of California have recently determined that dating an attractive partner makes you more appealing to possible mates. You would be “secondhand hot.”  These scientists asked volunteers to rate the attractiveness of men and women they viewed in photos. The volunteers then looked at different photos of the same people, this time showing them with companions. Both men and women found individuals more desirable when they were paired with attractive companions. By tracking eye movements, the researchers found that the volunteers, “all spent a significant amount of time looking at the mate’s partner,” evolutionary biologist Jessica Yorzinski tells Although the study aimed to probe the evolutionary factors in mate choice, it suggests dating strategies for singles. “Perhaps if woman doing online dating websites are pictured with attractive boyfriends,” says Yorzinski, “that would help them get more responses to their ads.”

Social networking and Virginia Divorce are increasingly walking hand-in-hand.  Profiles on social networking sites like Facebook or MySpace provide interesting insights into the health of a marriage. More than the poster’s self-identification as “married” or “single,” often posters add date-stamped photographs and/or comments about themselves and their most recent activities. Additionally, posters can be “tagged” in photographs on others’ sites and commented about. The reliability of information gathered on the internet and admissibility of such information in a court-proceeding will depend on a number of factors.

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