Are you hooked on social media? Unfortunately, most of us are addicted to our social media. We're especially glued to that pesky Facebook devil. We feel the incessant need to check our Facebook throughout the day. Did someone leave me a comment? How many people “liked” my post? What's everyone posting on the newsfeed? While using Facebook can be an innocent pastime, it can also lead to unnecessary issues. Facebook is especially troublesome when it comes to maintaining a healthy relationship. You probably don't realize it, but social media can lead to the downfall of an otherwise good couple. We've got four ways Facebook ruins relationships:
1. It makes you compare your relationship to others.
The most insidious thing about social media is that it encourages us to compare our lives to other people's. Even if you don't realize you're doing it, you likely are. Facebook ruins relationships in this way because it gives you insight into what other couples are like. You see their pictures or their posts about one another, and before you know it, you're comparing your relationship to theirs. This is never ever healthy, and it's also not realistic. Before you compare your relationship to what you see online, remember that not everything is as it seems. Many couples portray themselves in a better light online than they actually are in reality.
2. You expect your partner to “like” everything you post.
As social media has become more and more popular, we've put more value on it in our lives. We've started to use social media to evaluate our self-worth, and this is highly problematic. It's extra problematic in relationships. You may find yourself hurt when your partner doesn't acknowledge you on Facebook. Maybe they don't post a lot of pictures of you. Maybe they don't “like” everything you post. Suddenly you're questioning your entire relationship because your partner isn't paying attention to you online. When this happens, you have to remember that Facebook is not reality. You need to focus on how your partner actually treats you in person, not how they treat you on Facebook.
3. You share too much of your relationship with the public.
A huge issue with Facebook is that people use it to air their dirty laundry. They have full-blown arguments on it. They post cryptic comments directed at their partner. They change their relationship status back and forth, letting the world know that their on the rocks. This does nothing but harm to the relationship. It gives your friends, family and co-workers a front-row seat to your drama. Couples need to realize that social media is not the place to hash out your relationship issues.
4. It encourages jealousy and paranoia.
Perhaps the most prevalent way that Facebook ruins relationships is by creating jealousy and paranoia. You see your partner “like” someone else's photo and the next thing you know, you're searching through their phone and scouring their emails. You used to trust them, but now you think they're cheating on you. Maybe you see them comment on a co-worker's post and you're suddenly filled with paranoia. Your mind starts creating scenarios that most likely don't exist. Thinking too much into your partner's activity on Facebook is certainly a way to destroy your relationship.