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Social media has been a prime avenue not just for interpersonal communication, but also for making romantic connections.  Online dating sites are increasingly popular and many have tremendous rates of success, with a good percentage of the relationships started there ending in marriage.  But while the Internet can be good for your relationship, it can also be very unhealthy for it, especially when it comes to social media usage.

Social media offers a relaxed, “no strings attached” avenue to interact with other people, which makes it seem safe. However statistics show that a large number of online friendships end up in romantic affairs.  Even when this doesn’t happen, one partner spending an inordinate amount of time online can have a terrible effect on a relationship.

At the same time, the increased use of social media can lead to an increased lack of trust among partners.  As easy as it is for individuals to hook up via social media, it’s also easier for suspicious mates to check up on them and find out exactly what they’re doing.  Whether or not that mistrust is well placed, it can ultimately rock a seemingly healthy relationship to its core.

Even worse, that mistrust and the feelings of anger and frustration that it sparks can often lead to violent, even deadly, results.  All of this not only spells doom for your relationship, it can have a life changing effect.  The key for any couple is to not allow social media use to cause this kind of domino effect.  The way to do this is by practicing good “mobile hygiene”.

What exactly does this mean?  It’s really simple.  If you don’t want your social media usage to affect your relationship, then take steps to ensure that doesn’t happen.  First off, limit the amount of time you spend online and when you are interacting on social media, don’t feel the need to share intimate details of your relationship.

Remember, the key to a successful relationship is trust and communication.  By not spending more time with your online friends than you do with your partner, you’re sending the message that your partner is more important to you.  At the same time, you’re not giving him or her any reason to mistrust you, which can only help to strengthen your bond.  

And of course the most important thing to do is to always make time for communicating with your partner face-to-face.  That face time is important because it shows that you are willing to listen, wanting to share and working together on your relationship.  Never let the lure of social media get in the way of your relationship…it’s not worth it in the long run.  You need to have the right priorities and stick to them in order to make your relationship work.

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Social Media Creating Problems for Couples

The increased use of social media can lead to an increased lack of trust among partners.


JUNE 2, 2017

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Social Media’s Impact on Relationships

By Shelley Galasso Bonanno, MA

Human beings yearn for connection and belonging. Numerous studies have linked social support to positive mental health. Additional studies have cited the negative emotional impact of loneliness. Research has further revealed people with fewer social relationships die earlier on average than those with more social relationships. Yet with the rise of social media, there are concerns many people appear to be substituting virtual, online connections for real-life, social relationships.