Marriage counselors are beginning to see social media as a new tension in marital relationships. Inappropriate use can be the source of marital conflict. Learning how to integrate it into your marital relationship can help minimize any tension or stress that might arise from social media overuse.
More and more, in marriage counseling we are seeing social media as a source of both support and tension in marital relationships. For new couples, interacting on social media allows for quick and easy integration of friendships with their partner. For couples who have been together longer, some have opted for shared accounts.
SOCIAL MEDIA CAN HAVE NEGATIVE IMPACT ON MARITAL RELATIONSHIPS
However, the amount of information available for sharing on social media can lead to jealousy, anxiety and mistrust with some couples. It may not directly cause problems in your marital relationship, but it can add fuel to fire.
More than a quarter of couples who are online have said social media have had a positive impact on their marital relationship. At the same time, nearly the same percentage of cell phone owners who are in serious relationships say their spouse or partner is distracted by cell phone use when they are together.
Some research has indicated that increased availability of social media was positively correlated with increases in divorce rates. Others suggest that excessive use of social networking can play a role in both compensating for an unhappy marital relationship, as well as contributing to that unhappiness.
Couples can decide together how to set boundaries for the use of social media. Discussing the purpose and role of it in the relationship can create an understanding of expectations. This understanding will make it easier to address problems if and when they arise.
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