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Impact of Social Media on Relationship Dynamics

The era of social media has changed how different people interact with each other. Social media has made the world a digital village and eliminated distance between people. As such, people can relate with others from different parts of the world with a tap on their screens and get updated on events as they happen. Apart from daily interactions, social media has also changed how people view love and relationships. It has had both positive and negative impacts on many relationships. Here are some of the ways social media has changed up relationship dynamics. 

Positive Impact of Social Media on Relationships

Makes Long Distance Relationships Easier

In a time where sending messages or making calls happens with the tap of a button, long distance relationships are easier to handle. Couples living miles apart get to interact as if they were just next door. It cuts out the uncertainty that would come with waiting for days for letters and makes one feel like their partner can still be a part of their day despite the distance.

Widens the Dating Pool

For people looking to date, social media makes it easier to date beyond geographical lines. Thanks to social media, couples can meet online and build a relationship before needing to even meet. There have been many successful relationships that have bloomed on different social media platforms that ended up with married couples.

Gives One Perception

Even though comparison can be detrimental, it helps to have a rubric on which to gauge whatever relationship there is. With so many people talking about what is acceptable or a red flag in relationships, one can figure out whether they are okay or should walk out of a relationship. Knowing that there are options for couples in abusive relationships has also meant that couples know they can walk away when things do not work. It has also helped couples figure out what they can do to grow their current relationship.

Negative Impact of Social Media on Relationships

Leads To Unrealistic Expectations

Even though most people online look happy, the opposite of this is true. Many couples on social media paint a picture of a fairy-tale love story and expecting one’s personal relationship to be similar can lead to discontentment. There have been situations where couples got into debt trying to keep up with the lifestyle they saw online.

Miscommunication 

As more people embrace phones, there is a tendency to prefer texts to calls or face-to-face conversations. With text messages, nonverbal cues are left to one’s imagination. All this has led to more couple arguments since one can misunderstand what a message really meant.

Jealousy and Over Comparison

Comparison is the thief of joy and this can be seen in most couples who compare their lives. Seeing other couples doing things or saying stuff can make one believe their partner is not doing enough. Having overly perfect relationships showcased on social media has led to a lot of discontentment in couples which often leads to breakups or unnecessary fights.

Is There Space for Social Media in Relationships?

Despite there being so many negatives about the harm of social media in relationships, it is clear that one cannot do without it. The only thing couples need to remember when it comes to social media is to take everything with a pinch of salt. Understanding one’s relationship and its dynamics will help a couple grow instead of looking at what everyone is talking about on these platforms. By making social media a tool of communication and not the center of a relationship, couples can still thrive in this era. 

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