Social Media: Putting Strain on Relationships

Adam Smith

March 16, 2012

Social Media: Putting Strain on Relationships

So it's 2012 and divorce rates have never been higher. There are countless excuses to blame, but is one of them social media jealousy? We are not talking the 47 second marriage by Kim Kardashian, but seriously, does social media affect how we live within our relationships?

Divorce lawyers are claiming that Facebook is becoming more and more of a topic in the discussions for the causes of splitting. It's hard to blame a person that sees the ex all over their significant other's social media arena. Jealousy would, and does, most definitely occur between the once sacred bond.

Relationships can be tested within minutes of its inception. One half of the relationship will be blasting the news to the world, but the other half is not having the same idea. This strain can go both ways in that the shy person may get upset about the overuse of relationship information on Facebook and the extra excited one may wonder why the other does not share anything.

Strain on Relationships

Uh oh, is that the ex being approved as a friend? What's going on behind the scenes that I can't see on the wall?! Everyone thinks it will be totally fine, but what happens that one instance you decide to reconnect? Will that erupt a firestorm for more and more interaction that can lead to spouse jealousy? Be careful as to what interaction you decide to have with the ex because it can turn into something deeper than you think. Put yourself in your significant other's shoes in regards to how you might feel.

Suspicious comments can take a turn for the worst if one doesn't know the context. Significant others will always think of the worst case scenario (it's only natural) when it's not what they think and get very upset or jealous over something that would have never been a problem without social media.

Advice to couples in a relationship to lay the ground rules regarding social media before anything goes sour interrupting the "honeymoon period." If you set the record straight from the beginning, that sudden post happy friend of your spouse will not be as upsetting to you as originally thought because of the air you cleared prior to the social media frenzy.

Adam Smith

Adam Smith

March 16, 2012

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