effects of social media on a relationship

Effects of Social Media on your relationship

Internet has a lot of pros and cons. But, when it comes to relationships, there is no doubt that internet and social media can have a bad influence on it if not handled with proper caution. Sometimes, for a romantic relationship, the social media can not be considered a boon, rather it can have drastic effects sometimes leading to devastating outcomes which eventually kills a relationship. This article highlights some of the effects of social media on a relationship.

We can express effects of social media on a relationship in different ways. It is becoming common for many relationships to break up on issues related to the use of the internet and social media. When these issues arise, it becomes important to realize where you are going wrong and correct it then and there. But this can be done only if both of you agree that there is a problem and are willing to make some adjustments for the relationship to work.

Being too busy with internet and social media may take you far away from your relationship. The following are a few of the drastic effects of social media on a relationship.

Time taken
The problem with the social media is that you may be trying to keep in touch with everyone. This eventually tells on your physical relationships as you pay more attention to virtual relationships. It might become too late to realize that you have been spending more time with the internet than with your spouse, thereby creating problems where they shouldn’t be one. This is one of the adverse effects of internet on relationship.

Romantic Jealousy
The feeling of jealousy can be lethal in any relationship. There is no doubt that when you are using different social networks, you are doing nothing harmless. But, it affects your relationship if your phone and PC gets all the quality time your partner yearns for. Furthermore, Use of the Internet can undermine the trust between two individuals, if not used wisely. it’s no longer news that most people guard their devices more jealously than they would guard their relationship with their lover. This is bound to evoke some jealousy in your lover and you need to take care of this loose end before it festers and becomes something you are incapable of resolving.

Partner Monitoring Stemming from Distrust
There are a lot of people who can’t let their spouse look through their phones or through their activities on social media. If such people have lovers who are overtly curious or who distrust them, with the various features on the social networks, the internet acts as a surveillance to keep track of the other partner’s activities. This is not one of the healthy signs of a relationship. One of the best relationship ingredient is the presence of trust between the partners. If the trust is lost, there is no point being in that relationship. Excessive use of social media has the ability to kill trust in your relationship and the same tool can be used to act as a surveillance.

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Public Display of Affections or Aggression (PDAs)
I recently found some couples who use tweets to communicate everything with each other. This is not a healthy thing to do. You should not publicize personal conversation, especially conflicts. This can have negative effects on relationship. Studies have shown that this has a way of leading break up and even divorce. All eyes are on you when you engage in PDAs, and there are chances people will begin to interfere.

The Ex
Thanks to the technology, communication will never be a problem with anyone, even with the ex and you may begin to track what your EX is up to, reestablish connections, and old feelings begin to rise. These will definitely not go down well with your lover.  It is sometimes better to stay disconnected with your ex as mismanaged communication can have adverse effects on your relationship. You don’t want dry bones to start rising again, leading to stories that touch, do you?

The internet has a lot of advantage to offer its users, but when it comes to your relationship, you sometimes have to draw the line.


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  1. While I understand and agree with most of this write up, I still want to maintain that internet can not always affect your relationship negatively. For long distance relationships, internet can bring you closer using such technologies such as Skype.

  2. Thank you bims. The internet can be good or bad. It generally depends on who you really are, and how you choose to bring the internet to use.

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