Social media in the relationship

by | June 24, 2014 3:16 pm

Have you ever stopped to consider how social media may be effecting your relationship with your partner? According to a new study out of the University of Oxford’s Internet Institute, social media could be hurting your relationship more than you realize. The study looked at 24,000 couples and ten different media channels to include emails, Facebook, texts, and instant messages. Findings indicated that couples using more than five channels reported a 14% drop in relationship satisfaction. That being the case, one would have to ponder at what point does social media start to undermine relationship ties?

   It’s easy to get caught up in the world of emails, text messaging, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. In fact, hours can be spent reading posts of friends or family momentous events, vacations, birthdays, weddings, and even difficult life challenges. And without realizing it, a person can slip into a state of social isolation and cut off effective communication within the relationship with a partner. Therefore, it is imperative to understand your own personal reasons for using social media and evaluate whether or not its use (virtual relationships) is negatively effecting your connection with your partner (real-time relationship).

   Start by establishing why you use social media sites (i.e. business, professional networking, or to connect with friends and family). Then determine how much time you are spending on social media. You may have to limit or gain control of the amount of time invested in the virtual world in order to redirect your focus and connect with your partner. Couples in healthy relationships set aside time beyond the virtual world and in their busy schedules to foster feelings of connectedness with each other. They realize the importance of having a positive relationship and a strong bond. 

   Contact Dr. Wynn at Buckhead Family Life Specialists, P.O. Box 52372, Atlanta, GA 30355 or

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