5 Ways Social Media Helps Relationships More Than It Hurts

5 Ways Social Media Helps Relationships More Than It Hurts

Social media has a bad reputation when it comes to relationships. Perhaps it’s the public mention of relationship status on Facebook that has people worried. It’s also likely that the old fashioned saying, “keep your business to yourself,” is in the back of people’s minds as they view other people’s relationships online. Whatever the reason, it turns out, everyone is worried for no reason at all.

Experts say that social media helps relationships about 13% more than it hurts them. In a recent study, Pew Research discovered that social media has an impact on 66% of relationships. But, contrary to popular belief, this impact is usually positive. For long term relationships, Pew reports that the impact is much larger and much more positive. Some couples do report that social media causes friction in their relationships, but much of this tension could have been avoided.

Here are four ways that you can strengthen your relationship by using social media.


1. Share Your Passwords

It may seem like an invasion of privacy, but in relationships, secrecy can be dangerous. Even if your partner never actually accesses your social media accounts, the fact that you were willing to share your password will set them at ease. This is because sharing promotes trust.

In the Pew experiment, 67% of married couples or those in committed long term relationships shared their social media passwords and claim that their relationships were positively impacted because of it.

2. Create Couple Accounts

Sometimes, it’s better to present yourself to the public as one unit. This is not just true for public events, but also on social media. Having joint social media accounts means that you and your partner keep the same friend circle and are invited to the same functions. In other words, it makes you much closer.


3. Love Like A Young Person

Research shows that young adult relationships are more successful than that of older couples and it’s all thanks to social media. For teens specifically, 59% of young people say that social media enhances their relationship by making them feel closer to their significant other. Also, seeing their partner publically share news of their relationship, makes 47% of teen feel more cared for. These figures vary among genders, and according to the experts, men get more relationship satisfaction from social media than women, especially if they are young.

It’s the belief of many that relationships should be easy. This is untrue. All relationships have issues, but love should at least be effortless. Social media is one way to show your love for your significant other with very little effort.

4. Love Like A Man

It is said that men usually fall in love deeper and faster. So, it’s no surprise that statistics show that 65% of teen boys look to social media for gratification on the stability of their relationship and to feel more love. Compared to the boys, only 37% of teen girls do the same. These statistics don’t change much when looking at the adult population.


So whether it’s by sharing passwords, creating couple accounts or simply making sure you and your partner are on the same page with what you both choose to share; you should make sure social media adds satisfaction to your love life.

5. Love, Honestly

We all know that sometimes, people falsely portray themselves on social media. But what most people don’t know is that using technology makes people more inclined, to tell the truth, thusly, revealing their genuine selves. Sometimes, for relationships, this means that your partner’s infidelity is unveiled. But in more cases than not, it gives couples a platform to express the deep emotions that they find it difficult to say in person.

Even though it’s in cyberspace, honesty and communication are the paper and binding in the book of your lives together.


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Let’s face it.  We are living in a digital age, and there is absolutely no turning back. One of the biggest influences on society these days is social media. It affects us both positively and negatively. Social media was originally designed for people to share interesting facets of their lives with their friends, but it has become so much more than what it intended to be. It is now a medium for information to pass around the globe. In many cases, people first learn about current events through Twitter or Facebook before hearing about them from conventional news sources.

We also rely on technology for nearly everything we do. People these days seem as if they can’t go anywhere or do anything without their smartphones, tablets, or laptops. They need to be in constant contact with others via electronic devices.

However, there is also a downside to be too connected to social media and electronic devices. We are too dependent on them, which make us oblivious to what we are doing to ourselves. Being too connected can have a negative effect on our lives and the society as a whole. Here are 9 true illustrations that show how our society is negatively impacted because of the use of technology.

1. Facebook is eating away at your time.

Facebook is eating away your time

    How much time do you usually spend each day on Facebook or other social networking sites? Is it hindering your productivity? Do you find yourself wasting time to a point where you don’t even know where it goes? If the answer is yes, Facebook might have eaten away at your time.


    2. We’ve become “Likeaholics.”


      When you are posting something on Facebook, are you doing it just to see how many of your friends will give it the proverbial thumbs up? This illustration shows that some people are treating “Likes” on Facebook as if it was a drug they needed to inject into their bloodstreams.

      3. Our electronics have priority over our lives.


        Given a choice between your dying phone battery or you dying, which will you choose? In this case, the man in this illustration chose to charge his phone over to sustain his own life. As a society, we need to be more careful of our priorities.


        4. Families aren’t spending quality time together.

        mother baking

          Here is a mother making holiday cookies, but what are the kids doing? They are not making cookies with their mother. Instead, every one of them has their faces buried in their own electronic devices. Television used to be what parents use to babysit their kids. Now, it’s a tablet, phone, laptop or video game that does the job.

          5.  We’d rather record someone than help them.


            A lot is happening in this illustration. A black man is drowning and asking for help. One person has a gun pointed at him. The other person has their iPhone pointed at him and is recording the scene, but is not interested to help this man.


            6. Society is sleeping, it’s sleeping its life away.

            sleeping your life away

              Time is money. After we have wasted the long period of time on social media, we are losing the most valuable currency we have – our time in this world.

              7.  Despite all the technology we have, we still want what someone else has.

              wanting what someone else is having

                There’s an old saying that goes, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” This illustration shows that despite all that we have, we are still not satisfied with our lives.


                8. Sensationalism still sells.

                free expression

                  With the information overload that exists today, the media still looks for sensationalism. Here’s a woman who feels she has something important to say, but the media only cares about her because she is naked. Would the news media still have microphones in front of her if she wasn’t standing there topless?

                  9. In the end, with all of this, we are still killing the planet.

                  gun to mother earth

                    This last illustration argues that despite all of our technological gains, we are still polluting the earth as if we have a virtual gun pointed at Mother Nature. As we build bigger cities and higher technology, how much more damages can we continue to do before putting our lives at risk?


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