We live in an age that is dominated by the internet. How many of us sit on our laptops for hours, only to close them and open the internet on our phones? So much of our day is spent browsing the internet and most of that time online is spent obsessing over social media. From Facebook to Instagram to Twitter to Snapchat, the world of social media is literally endless. It's easy to get swept up in social media, posting pictures and sharing your life with people. While social media can be a good thing by helping you connect with people, there's been a recent movement to limit how much time people spend on social media. A particular debate that people have is whether or not social media is good for relationships and dating. We've got a few opinions on the matter, and we're going to break it all down here!
When it comes to dating, there are definitely some good things about using social media. The most obvious thing is that social media makes it easier to meet people. You can meet people online that you would have never met in person. Being online, It also makes it easier to strike up a conversation with someone new. Talking to someone behind a computer screen takes away a lot of the intimidation of striking up a conversation in person. Social media is also a great way to, how do we put this…advertise yourself? On your social media profile you can tell people what you like, what you don't like. You can show off your best attributes. This helps to show potential partners what you're like and makes them more likely to pursue you.
When it comes to relationships, social media has some definite downsides. For starters, a lot of relationships end due to “social media infidelity.” Social media makes it easier for partners to stray from their relationship. They can meet someone online and build an entire emotional connection all while being in a relationship! For this reason, a lot of people insist on having the passwords to their partner's social media accounts, which only breeds distrust. Another reason social media is bad for relationships is because being on it creates unrealistic expectations. Couples have a habit of portraying their relationships as being “perfect” on things like Facebook and Instagram. Not only is this false, but it makes other couples feel insecure about their own relationship. They begin to doubt whether their relationship is as strong as other couple's relationships, and this only leads to major problems.
Basically, we believe that social media is good for dating and bad for relationships. When you're looking for a potential partner, social media can be a helpful tool. If you've already found a partner, social media can be absolutely lethal for your relationship. When it comes down to it, everyone is different and everyone uses social media differently. It ultimately depends on how things affect yourself or your partner that determines whether it's good or bad!