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Don’t forget to show offline love: Social media shouldn’t make or break relationships

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Written by Mayah Cantave, College Life Editor

In this day and age, people document everything including what they ate, where they’re going, and who they’ve dated. With help from the internet, it’s almost impossible to not find out everything about your partner. The changes in technology make it possible to be in constant contact with your partner while simultaneously monitoring everything they do. There’s a constant need to update your relationship status from “single” to “taken.” Social media can add a ton of unwanted stress to your relationship.

Social media can take people to the dark side of relationships that involve untrustworthiness, snooping, stalking, and uncertainness.

On one hand, it seems like a better idea to leave your relationship off of social media. It doesn’t make the relationship better to boast about your relationship to the world. Are you really trying to prove to the world that you significant other makes you happy, or are you trying to prove it to yourself?

Being “Facebook official” is not an important life goal. It may make people feel good to show the world their happiness, but it is not necessary.

On the other hand, Social media doesn’t ruin relationships, people ruin relationships. Facebook didn’t breakup your relationship. It actually helped your relationship. It let you know about the betrayal you didn’t know about.

Sometimes people forget that their social media accounts aren’t just theirs. It’s for the world. Everyone has access to what you put on the internet. If you’re cheating and leave clues of your betrayal online, it’s bound to come to light.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any other social media platforms don’t make a relationship. It doesn’t make a relationship better or worse. It’s up to the couples to make things work out. Relationships are generally better when no one is in your business. It works best when there are little outside influences judging or commentating on your choices. Like most things in life, you have to decide what you can live with and what you can live without. If social media has worked out bad in the past, don’t go on it. And if social media determines your relationship, then you have bigger problems.

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