Bad news if you love to tweet – it may be wrecking your relationship. We know that Facebook use can lead to romantic conflicts, so researchers wanted to find out if other types of social media strain relationships, too. And it appears that Twitter does place a strain on relationships too. But there is something you can consider doing instead of quitting entirely, that might really help repair a relationship in trouble, due to social media.
Studies show that people who are highly active on Twitter are more likely to experience Twitter-related conflict in their relationships and the activity can then lead to splitting up. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been together; Twitter use and tweet-related conflicts affected long-term and short-term couples alike.
I personally think that social media needs to have clear boundaries in our lives, and we NEED to put our loved ones above Facebook, Twitter and even our cell phones. When you are WITH your partner, child or friends, it is rude to check your Facebook, Twitter and text messages, and ignore the person you are with, PERIOD. It makes the person you are with feel like they are playing second fiddle to your dang phone, and in reality you are treating them as if they are less important than a text you received or social media.
I personally think that social media is for when you are alone, and reaching out to ‘socialize’ from afar. I recently read an article that said if you sincerely concentrated and paid as intense attention to your loved ones as you do when you are pounding out a text, people who love you and want your attention would not feel so unimportant. Just something to think about…
What is your tolerance level when it comes to your spouse using social media?