It’s safe to say that social media is the new age diary. Only difference between it and the tattered journal you use to hide under your pillow is that everything you post is consumed by people all over the world. Imagine, once upon a time, you used to want to hide all of the intricate details of your daily life away in a book. Now, you’re posting it for the sole purpose of sharing it with the people you know (and the few you’ve never even met). You post photos, your goals, outfits, meals, career battles and even your relationship woes, but at what cost?
At what point does sharing yourself with the world, just for the sake of sharing, and your followers consuming it, just for the sake of consuming, become harmful? When you drag an unwilling participant into the conversation; such as your partner, things can get extra messy.
You’ve seen it a dozen times: the angry/bitter girl or guy ranting on your timeline about their latest relationship fiasco. Why is it easier for most of us to run to social media to rant and rave about the issues that we face in our relationships instead of going to the source, our partner?
Imagine the position you put someone in when they realize you’re upset with them based off of something you tweeted or snapchatted, or even after seeing a ‘meme’ you posted to Instagram? Social media was created to make the gap between people a little tighter, but instead it plays as a crutch in communication and ultimately the demise in most relationships.
So instead of whining about what’s wrong on social media, try solving the problem first. Your partner will thank you, your heart will thank you and even your followers will thank you.
Written By: Brent Thomas Whiteside