Is social media really damaging relationships?
Washington, March 16, 2012
First Published: 16:59 IST(16/3/2012)
Last Updated: 17:57 IST(25/4/2012)
Social media is becoming a source of stress and tension in relationships, according to experts. Dr Scott Bea, a clinical psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic, says that when social media and social lives intertwine, it creates jealousy.
An internet user looks at a Facebook page. AFP
“Imagine starting a dating relationship and you find
out the guy that you’re involved with has 350 female friends,” Fox News quoted Dr Bea as saying.
“I mean, it creates a whole new kind of stress. You have all of this competition that you might not have known about before.
It might not have existed before,” he said.
A new study ranks the ways in which social media can cause stress in relationships. The most cited cause of stress was sharing too much information on your profile page. The second was tagging an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend in a photo.
Getting a friend request from an ex or finding incriminating information on partner’s walls or in their photos can also cause fights between couples.
In the past, it was much easier to keep secrets from a significant other but now couples have to get accustomed to a little less privacy, Bea said.
“We weren’t built to think about the person we’re dating having so many other social contacts and friends that might compete with us," he said. "We like that feeling of exclusivity, that we’re the one that matters first and foremost,” he added.