Remember the time when relationships used to mean something? Those were easy times weren't they? You could define friendships with a warm embrace, love in a handmade card, celebrations in firecrackers, birth dates circled on calendars. The time when parties had limited usage of phones and when secrecy was deemed sacred because forwarding screenshots was not an option and when the essence of moments relied supremely on one’s memory and not on Instagram. But then came the new era when some bolt of lightning fast-forwarded the human cassette and everything became everything and nothing, all at once.
People, wishes, messages, rivalries, condolences and even love started traveling along with the Wi-Fi waves from one continent to another and from one tongue to millions. The exotic fantasy became an innovative tragedy. Not your reality but your Facebook status started defining where you stood in someone’s heart. E-cards replaced love letters, candy crush crushed outdoor play times, when Netflix ruined family movie nights and birth dates became digital reminders, with your entire life on exhibition and confined to a 7-inch screen.
On turning, pausing and reflecting you are not there with your loved ones but on your couch staring at a screen. You are reaching continents across to people that you have a one in a trillion chance to ever physically meet but don't even know the name of your next door neighbour. You feed your virtual spirit animal whereas your actual spiritual animal is dying of thirst. Unfortunately, this menace has spread to our relationships too and it has plagued it. Social Media has, in some ways, restrained the true potential of a relationship.
Here are some ways in which Facebook and other social media websites are affecting your relationship.
1. Greater Chances of Infidelity
Most social media websites are crowded with pictures of attractive women and you are one click away from being tempted into sending a hottie on your account a message. All of the conversations are private which allures you and even if your intentions are right, if you’re girlfriend finds out through gossip, jealousy can be detrimental to a relationship. It could make a mountain out of a mole hill and the breach in trust can sometimes be very costly.