Can Facebook Ruin Relationships?

C’mon Taylor, step up your game!

Some of my friends have blamed Facebook for their relationship failures. I personally find it hard to believe that a website can ruin a relationship… so I decided to figure out how it can.

Relationship Status: We all know on Facebook you have the ability to let the world know whether you’re taken or single, but when you’re in a serious relationship, not changing your relationship status can lead to serious problems. Why? Because some partners believe not changing your status means you’re ashamed to let your friends know you’re with them or that you’re interested in other people and don’t want them to know you’re taken (paranoid much?). Some of us are lucky enough to be with people who don’t find it that serious. Unfortunately in Facebook society, it’s a big deal.

Lack of Privacy: Ok so you change your relationship status and now the whole world knows you’re taken. But it doesn’t just stop there.Your best friend comments and says congrats, your next-door neighbor wants to know who the guy is, all of his friends and family are sending you friend requests, and your friends are adding him too, even if they don’t know him. All of a sudden, the whole world knows what’s going on in your relationship as soon as you do. Not to mention although your friends mean well, sometimes they may tend to poke their noses in where it doesn’t belong. Then when problems arrive, instead of dealing with it with your significant other, you have a dozen people in your ear telling you how to handle your relationship.

Online Affection: I’ve witnessed a lot of public relationship fights over Facebook because the guys don’t show enough affection towards the girl on her wall. Yes, I think it’s cute and sweet when a guy decides to randomly post “I love you” or “thinking of you” on her facebook wall, but if he doesn’t I don’t think it’s the end of the world. Unfortunately, some people really think their partner must not care about them if they don’t post on their wall each day. Personally, I think it’s more important to interact in person then online.

So after looking over some of the facts, do I now believe Facebook can ruin relationships? No. Facebook is a website. What you put on it and what you say is up to you. If you don’t want the world to know what’s going on, then keep some things to yourself. Facebook doesn’t force you to say or do anything you don’t want to. I do believe Facebook can make things a little harder, at least when it comes down to privacy, but I won’t put the faults of a relationship on a website. That’s just silly.

Overall, let’s just end this by saying… it’s complicated.


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