Not too long ago, breakups typically referred to screaming matches between couples that ended with the banging of doors and thrashing of belongings. Times have changed.

One in three people have broken up over text, email, or Facebook, according a new survey by the market research firm Lot 42. Late last month, the study polled 550 adult, social network users and returned some fascinating statistics.

Twenty-four percent of the participants stated that they would most likely contact a potential date through Facebook, a finding that illustrates the effectiveness of the social networks as a dating tool.

Conversely, 77 percent said they’d never signed up for an online dating site, claiming that they didn’t trust identities of the people that use such services. Those people referred to “major” social sites like Facebook and Myspace as a better alternative.

Whether technology has impacted relationships in a positive or negative way is still obviously up for debate. While social media has enabled partners to be closer together than ever, that hasn’t resolved persistent issues with trust and infidelity.  

Perhaps that’s because 42 percent of male respondents said that they’d still cheat if there was no chance of getting caught.

Surely there’s an app for that.

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