5 negative effects of social media on relationships
Social media has been ruling our life, work and relationships for quite some time now.
It has portrayed a number of positive and negative aspects in our relationships; some people met their soulmate through social media while others got divorced after finding out their significant other cheated on them via social media apps.
It is no surprise that social media has triggered a number of conflicts among people, especially among married couples. So, let’s find out the negative effects of social media on couples.
1. There’s no ‘us’ time anymore
Scrolling through your Instagram feed seems more interesting than talking and laughing with your partner about your favourite TV show. The more time you spend on your phone, the more you will miss out on the little moments of happiness and fun you can have with your partner. Thus, this leaves you close to no or little time for your partner.
2. Self-esteem issues
No matter how much your partner assures you of your beautiful self, you will still continue to bathe in doubt and low self-esteem issues. Social media harmfully drains you of your confidence and esteem, leaving you to compare to other’s and their perfect lives, marriages. As a result, most people end up comparing their relationships to the ones they see on social media, leading to a strained and unhappy marriage.
Jealousy is a very negative emotion that can affect an individual in several conflicting ways. Couples who extensively use social media face problems of jealousy and over-possessiveness over online friends and activity. Increased social media activity with others can also strain the relationship with your partner.
4. Increased chances of infidelity
A small chit-chat or commenting on your ex-flame’s picture can spark signs of possible infidelity in your marriage. Studies suggest that the chances of people cheating over the virtual world or social media is very high. Many partners have reportedly found their spouses cheating on them via social media platforms.
5. Over-sharing emotions
Many people vent out their frustration on social media by talking to an online friend about the problems that have been going on in their marriage. Sharing itty-bitty details of your marital conflicts is alright, but only to an extent where it doesn’t involve you sharing every single detail of your marriage with them. This eliminates all chances of open communication with your spouse because you end up depending on social media friends to vent out your problems.
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