Lovers who are on the rocks are now airing issues in counselling sessions that have arisen from social media, chat rooms and dating websites.
A recent online survey conducted by Relationships Australia discovered the internet is being turned into a battleground, with social networking sites such as Facebook becoming breeding grounds for jealousy, cheating, snooping and the playing out of nasty break-ups.
Preliminary results from the online Relationships Australia survey show 95 per cent are worry about privacy, 87 per cent about the time their partner spends on the net, and 85 per cent by less personal communication.
Trust and privacy are the two top concerns in relationships, as well as the amount of time people spend on social media pages.
It’s easy to say social media is killing personal relationships, and in some ways, I tend to agree.
On Facebook, I have about 250 friends. Most of them I knew before I joined Facebook, and a vast majority I met in real life first. They include family members and my closest friends from high school.
We would regularly call/text each other, go out of our way to catch-up over a feed and beer, and generally interact as much as our lives and the distance would allow.
Now, we mostly track each other through Facebook and Twitter. We feel we know what is going on in each other’s lives. The urge/need to reach out over the phone isn’t as pressing. This seems good because I spend so much more time online, so it helps save time. Aside from maybe commenting on their statuses more than average, I interact with them online just as much if not more as offline.
Because of these habits, my strong relationships seem to be becoming weaker. My interactions with my close friends are, on average, more superficial than they where before social media.
Will I give up interacting with my friends on social media? No, it still serves a purpose that was not being met before. I am simply going to make a more concerted effort to connect the old fashion way with my close friends.
Has social media affected different types of personal relationships in your life? How so?
*Click here to take Relationships Australia’s social media and relationships survey.