Recently released census data indicate that the slipping economy unquestionably plays a role in the determinations of many couples considering divorce, including when -- and sometimes even whether -- they will seek a divorce decree and go their separate ways. Research along a different path also offers some evidence showing that there is strong doubt and vacillation even among certain couples who have already filed for a divorce.
In today's high-tech world, it might be prudent to think of others -- literally, the billions of people you don't even know who constitute an undifferentiated mass on the periphery of your world -- as potential voyeurs who might conceivably gain access to your online photos, comments, downloads and other personal information.
It is a common scenario: a Facebook user receives a friend request from someone he or she has not talked to in some time, such as a high school or college classmate, or an old friend or former significant other. The two begin messaging each other, catching up and reliving old memories. For the most part, these exchanges are innocent.