Social Media & Relationships

When it comes to relationships, they are already hard to maintain, especially between you and your significant other. It gets ten times harder when you add the social media age into the mix. What is the social media age, you ask? According to Merriam-Webster it is the era of websites and applications that enable users to create and share content, or to participate in social networking. What exactly does this mean? This mean those who normally would not connect in the real word can now not only connect, but also foster relationships.

Now you might think, why would social media make maintaining a relationship harder?  Maintaining a relationship is made harder with social media because now there are more people involved, and there are big impressions that could possibly effect your relationship. Now this doesn’t mean that social media is just plain bad when it comes to relationships, but it does create barriers that couples must overcome.

There are multiple social media hurdles that can hinder relationships. Below I will list 5 top hurdles that can hinder relationships:

1. #RelationshipGoals

This has been a popular phrase lately due to people taking other people’s relationships and comparing it to their own. Yes, I understand that the grass may look greener on the other side. However, you never truly know what’s going on with the other relationship’s lawn.

2. Jealousy and Paranoia

Before we only had likes and comments but now we have likes, comments, favorites, and emojis that can portray various emotions throughout social media. A simple like or comment may be portrayed as harmless to one person but could also be viewed as cheating to another person

3. #HeyBigHead

"Hey Big Head" is a phrase used to describe when old flames or past significant others try to come back in to your life. This can create tension in a relationship because someone might get paranoid that their spouse might still have feelings for their ex. Even worse than that, they could leave you for their ex.

4. Opinions

EVERYONE always has an opinion, but social media has made it easier for those opinions to get to you. Opinions can eventually influence your relationship if they are consistent enough, or if the opinions are coming from someone who holds a strong influence in your life.

These four factors have played a significant role in arguments in relationships or even caused break ups. One way to combat these factors is to communicate and trust your partner. Although it may not seem like much, trust and communication can go a long way. They can stop a minor problem, or misunderstanding, from turning in to what could possibly cause the end of a relationship.