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Are you addicted to social networking?

sex-and-relationships Updated: Nov 21, 2009 21:54 IST
Chetna Joshi Bambroo
Chetna Joshi Bambroo
Hindustan Times
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Your relationship with your partner was all hunky dory, till the time one of you got addicted to a social networking site. One such example is that of British singer Lily Allen, whose relationship with boyfriend Sam Cooper got strained because she spent too much time using social networking sites. HT City quizzed a few who confessed that social networking sites are the villains in their relationship.

"Good were the days when there were differences because of the reasons such as; incompatibility between the couple, in-laws differences," says Radhika Singh, whose husband, somehow ends up being in front of the computer after every half an hour.

One more distraction
When it comes to addiction of networking sites, boys too feel neglected by their girlfriends. “My girlfriend and I meet only on weekends, and half of that time she wastes on checking all the sites available on the Internet. She has accounts on all possible social sites,” says Mohit Arora, engineer.

Pshycologist Sanjay Chugh, says, “If a partner spends more time on the net, then obviously the relationship has been losing substance and need a little more attention.”

A stitch in time...
Preeti Mathur, 28, says, “My boyfriend and I are both addicted to Internet. At times when we get tired of checking accounts of each one we know and the new taglines people flaunt, we feel the futility of it all. We do discuss the time we kill surfing Internet, and putting in collective effort to give time to each other.’ She adds, “I think though we gossip about others, but that still counts as “time spent together’.

Well! You have to be freakily lucky to be so compatible, as most of the times there’s always one amongst the two who sulks. Vandana Tiwari, says, “My husband is addicted to ‘stupid’ games on the Internet. Our fights are generally because I feel his priorities are as silly as being on the net, if he has a choice between the two (net and me).” Dr Chugh says, “One needs to wean the person off that behaviour pattern by offering something better in its place. For example, do things that might get his/her attention and then slowly pull him/her back into the relationship. Fighting will just worsen and widen the rift.”