Social Media's Negative Effects On Relationships

Social Media has changed our lives completely, people communicate so much more through the keyboard instead of picking up the phone. Relationships can suffer from the lack of real communication, although some friendships grow after seeing a quick message of hello. It can help people who are socially isolate or shy connect with people; on the other hand, it is correlated with personality and brain disorders such as the need for instant gratification, ADHD and addictive personalities. One simple like or comment could create and everlasting friendship or it could ruin one. The media hurts relationships because of all of the personal news that they report to us. We look at superstars who we hope will make it and then see that now they split up. …show more content…
So much of the media today is solely blaming the technology for harm done, but the people who are involved are just as responsible. With technology giving us answers at the click of a button we have more access to all sorts of information. With this easily accessible information how does it negatively impact our behaviors on a daily basis, especially when it comes to social interact.

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Social networking creates new social connections and may rekindle old ones. You can literally look anyone up based on specific criteria. Had social media not been such a great impact on society, relationships would be drastically different. They may have be better due to the fact that they would not seek validation from such a vast amount of people in competition for likes or little smiley face comments. The overall statistics of relationships: 10% of internet users who are married or partnered say that the internet has had a “major impact” on their relationship, and 17% say that it has had a “minor impact.” Fully 72% of married or committed online adults said the internet has “no real impact at all” on their partnership. (http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/02/11/couples-the-internet-and-social-media/) With couples
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Social networking sites can lead to stress and offline relationship problems. It also is a big contributor to less face to face communication. Social media has brought dating to an entirely new level. It has given people the ability to completely check out a potential partner; having the ability to see one’s life in pictures, along with who their friends and families are. Blind dates may not be so blind anymore. On the other hand, if your partner starts becoming friends with new single friends it can really make you question what their motivation is, and may create a lost trust in a relationship. Based on a study by Francis Bea(http://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/cheaters-use-social-networks/) one-third of partners in a relationship have a “secret” Facebook account to eliminate a paper trail, preventing them from getting caught cheating. These bogus accounts are only meant for one thing, to cheat. With access to an unlimited amount of people and endless possibilities the desire to be satisfied is harder to excite with potentials constantly changing. Social media has shaped this generation with digital breakups, cheating scandals, and even people checking their phones during sex. Intimacy is being brought to different levels and expectations of a perfect mate just a click away is allowing partners to be more

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