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Effects of Social Media

Effects of Social Media (Facebook) on Relationships
Effects of Social Media (Facebook) on Relationships
The use of social media has been rapidly increasing with most of the individuals using social media in different aspects, which include advertising, seeking advice from friends, and sharing personal information and pictures with other users (Billedo, Kerkhof, & Finkenauer, 2015). The social media platforms provide an opportunity where different individuals interact with each other as well as meeting new people. One of the social media platforms which has a large influence on most of the individuals across the world is Facebook (Billedo, Kerkhof, & Finkenauer, 2015). Facebook allows users to create a profile where they are able to post different aspects about their lives as well as send messages to other individuals who are their friends on Facebook. Besides the positive effects of using Facebook, there are negative effects associated with Facebook on relationships (Billedo, Kerkhof, & Finkenauer, 2015). This paper will analyze the negative effects of social media such as Facebook on relationships, which include its effect on the longevity of relationships, partner surveillance, and high levels of jealousy.
Negative Effects of Facebook on Relationships
Regardless of the benefits associated with Facebook, it has negatively impacted most of the relationships which are majorly focused on using the platform in different aspects. Facebook allows users to engage frequently which may lead to boredom between partners (Toma & Choi, 2015). Constant messaging may affect the longevity of a relationship, which requires personal space for individuals to grow and develop in different aspects. Due to the security measures implemented on the social networking platform, users may also engage in other relationships with other individuals, which may lead to cheating (Toma & Choi, 2015). This may hurt the other partners who may be able to discover such actions after snooping on their partner’s phones. This platform makes it easy for individuals to disconnect from their partners by following and engaging with other users, which may lead to other serious relationships negatively impacting the other partner (Toma ; Choi, 2015).
Facebook also provides a platform where partners are able to access other couple’s profiles, which may make them feel inadequate about their own relationship. Seeing other couples having fun and being more cheerful compared to one’s own relationship with his/her partner may negatively impact them (Clayton, Nagurney, ; Smith, 2013). These individuals may force and coerce their partners to copy what they saw on other couple’s profile leading to relationship issues. Other users of Facebook may also post private information about the negative behaviors of their partners, which may lead to trust issues between partners in a relationship (Clayton, Nagurney, & Smith, 2013). In addition, other partners feel insecure by their partners sharing their private information on this platform. This may lead to serious arguments, which may negatively affect their relationship. It is important for partners to physically check on each other as compared to checking each other on Facebook, which may cause the partners to drift away from each other (Clayton, Nagurney, & Smith, 2013).
Partners who are interested in physically communicating with their partners may feel neglected. Facebook also gives users an opportunity to follow and survey what their partners post as well as other close friends who tag pictures on their partner’s profile (Fox ; Warber, 2014). This may lead to extreme jealousy, as some of the individuals may be afraid of confronting their partners about these actions. Jealous partners may also use this platform as a way of getting back to their partners, which by posting pictures having fun with other friends or engaging in other activities which may hurt their partners (Fox ; Warber, 2014). This may lead to the partners opting to leave the relationship. Due to the privacy setting where other members are not able to access the private information and chats of their partners, individuals may continue to interact with their exes, which may lead to remarriage or sexual affairs negatively affecting the other partner (Fox ; Warber, 2014).
This may also lead to divorce ending a relationship which could have survived had it not been for Facebook. Facebook allows users to connect with friends from high school, the university, as well as old partners, which could lead to an affair, as most of the individuals may not perceive any wrong thing associated with this (Fox ; Warber, 2014). Facebook may also lead to addiction where most of the users spend so much time chatting and accessing information on the platform. If couples are physically together, the other partner may view this as a form of disrespect as well as suspicion may begin to develop. The partner may also feel neglected or replaced which may lead to harmful decisions, which may affect the relationship (Fox ; Warber, 2014).
The negative effects associated with Facebook on relationships may lead to the termination of the relationships, which may negatively impact both partners. However, there are also benefits associated with Facebook where users may take advantage of to strengthen their relationship (Billedo, Kerkhof, ; Finkenauer, 2015). To avoid the negative effects associated with this social networking platform, extra care as well as creating a balance between Facebook and normal life should be implemented. Partners using the Facebook platform can be open to each other to avoid the extreme jealousy associated with using this platform (Billedo, Kerkhof, ; Finkenauer, 2015). Facebook can also be used to improve communication between partners as well as address any issues, which the partners may be facing. Partners may also discuss on the usage of the Facebook platform to prevent the negative effects associated with this social networking platform on their relationship (Billedo, Kerkhof, ; Finkenauer, 2015).
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