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Monday, 26 November 2018

The Impact of Social Media on Relationships(Read)

Social media has impacted how relationships grow and sustain themselves.
On one hand, social media and technology have allowed relationships to be established and sustained from a physical distance.
On the other hand, social media may have “ruined dating,” in the sense that the courtship process can now occur almost entirely over the internet and decrease the incentive to make a commitment.
The search for perfection may make you even less likely to commit, especially when potential flaws or incompatibilities emerge.
With other options always easily available via the web, it may not seem worth it to work through a potential obstacle or overlook a potential flaw to see if the relationship haspotential. With access to a limitless supply of paramours, it can feel like ‘settling’ to label yourself as being in an exclusive relationship.
You can also enter double if not triple relationship at once  which can make it difficult to give anyone relationship the attention needed to really assess whether it could develop and become meaningful.
A rotating roster of relationship candidates can promote a false sense of what one person can truly provide another, and possibly stunt someone from learning how to have a healthy and fulfilling relationship in the future.
Not only has social media changed how we initiate and maintain relationships, it has impacted our ability to end them and move on with our lives. 
An NPR special on online dating noted that “texting and social media make romantic ties simultaneously easy to avoid and harder to shake.” The termination of a relationship just doesn’t mean what it used to. 

Technology a tool to  Strengthen Connections
So, if you are trying to meet someone using social media, remember that in order to find out if you have a connection, it is important to make an effort to get to know someone without the distraction of multiple potential love interests. 
Keep in mind that flaws are what make us interesting, and part of the fun of getting to know someone and developing a relationship is to overcome challenges and be vulnerable together. Make sure to save some interactions for real-time in-person communication, so as to give yourselves opportunities to experience life from the same perspective, and to engage in mutually shared experiences.
Don’t get caught up in the fear of missing out effect  or social comparison with your ex’s virtual life. It distracts you from moving on with your life and can open wounds that need to heal. 

Focus on how technology can strengthen your bonds with others, and be keen on how it can also distract us from getting what we want: healthy, sustainable relationships that make us feel good about ourselves.

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