Social media has undoubtedly changed how couples interact with each other. While it can be fun and enjoyable to keep up with loved ones online, it can also harm romantic relationships. Here are five social media habits that couples should avoid:
1. Over-sharing personal information
It’s important to be mindful of the personal information that you share online. Your social media profiles are public forums, and oversharing private details or too much information about your relationship can sometimes lead to misunderstandings or make one, or both partners, uncomfortable.
2. Posting negative or critical comments
It’s never a good idea to air your dirty laundry online. Grievances and disagreements between partners should be kept off of social media as they can not only harm your own relationship but also provide an unnecessary avenue for others to comment, muddle, or criticize.
3. Liking too many posts from others
Being active on social media doesn’t mean you have to like every post from others. While it may seem harmless, liking a flirtatious or suggestive photo of someone else could make your partner feel uncomfortable or even cause trust issues.
4. Blatantly ignoring each other in person
While it’s okay to scroll through your news-feed when spending some alone time together, too often disconnecting both completely from their partner for prolonged periods of time (e.g., scrolling through social media while out to dinner) sends signals of neglect or disinterest.
Stalking your partner or ex-partner online can lead to irreparable damage to the relationship and personal boundaries between individuals. It’s important to respect your partner’s privacy and trust him or her to be honest with you. Trust can only be grown through honesty and consistent reliability.
Consistent transparency and personal boundaries are underlying considerations and the path for navigating the potential minefields of social media for any conflicts or arguments. Couples should avoid oversharing, being critical online, liking too many posts from others, ignoring each other in person repeatedly, and cyber-stalking.