Social media can be a great tool for staying connected with friends, family, and loved ones, but it also puts us in a position where we can compare our lives with the lives of others.
Spending too much time online on social platforms could stop us from forming strong bonds and paying attention to things offline. It is even a greater problem if it’s posing threats to a relationship. Below are a few ways being active online can make a relationship inactive offline
People post a lot of stuff on social media, and much of what we see is usually the best side of other people’s lives, nobody actually comes online to post their downsides everyone online just seems to have a great relationship. From amazing date nights to cuddle moments and adventures. If things are not going so well for you, you can get tempted to compare your relationship with theirs, and this could impact your mood and how you view your own relationship.
2. Obsessive Behavior
When in a relationship, boundaries should be respected but with social media someone can go from a lover to a stalker, you begin to exhibit obsession when you begin to check your partner’s last seen, every comment on his post, location and whatnot. There’s no harm in finding out useful information about important events in your partner’s life, but it is easy to take things too far, especially if you have some doubts about your relationship. This could lead to a nasty end.
3. Gives Room to Misinterpretations
When one partner is suspicious of the other being unfaithful, the first thing they do is check their social media accounts, who tagged them, who they are following and who they’re posting, One can even go as far as checking the profile page of people in the comment sections. This actually leaves room for misinterpretation. A photo with a colleague at work could be misinterpreted as a photo with a lady he’s having an affair with.
4. Breaches Privacy/Private Moments
If you’re more of an extrovert and your partner enjoys their private time, you can’t post pictures of them online without their permission, and when you do it means you’ve crossed a boundary. It is important to make sure that your partner is not going to get upset about something you’re going to post about them no matter how nice or harmless it looks.
5. It Can Be Distracting
If you’re someone that gets easily distracted by social media and can’t seem to get enough of it, your relationship may suffer. If you are placing your priority on online interactions rather than spending time with someone face-to-face, you have likely become too dependent on social media as an outlet for your thoughts and feelings. If you’re sharing more on your socials than you are with your partner who may be sitting right beside you, it’s a sign of disconnection gotten from distractions.
6. Unrealistic expectations
Social media often presents an idealized and curated version of people’s lives. This can create unrealistic expectations in dating, as individuals compare their own experiences and relationships to the filtered and edited content they see online. It can lead to dissatisfaction and a constant search for perfection, undermining genuine connections.
It is important to learn how to balance things while in relationships. If you’ve been accused of spending too much on social media, it could be time for a fast. This means doing activities that don’t require you to use your phone. This will give you more time to work on building your relationships. Dating comes with its own settings, it would be a hassle when you let social media settings affect your relationship.
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