How Social Media Impacts Relationships (Constructive & Detrimental)

How Social Media Affects Relationships (Positive & Negative)

Some research has linked social media use to increasing jealousy and relationship dissatisfaction among college students. If you are prone to jealousy due to an insecure attachment style, research shows that you are more likely to get stuck on an endless cycle of scrolling keeping an eye on your partner's activities.

People can get upset that their partner likes or comments on other people's posts, which raises concerns that their partner is interested in other people (or worse, he's already cheating). In particular, the use of Facebook has shown that feelings of suspicion and jealousy increase in romantic relationships among college students. "This effect can be the result of a feedback loop where using Facebook often exposes people to ambiguous information about their partner that they might not otherwise have access to," writes a study.

For example, cookies and Facebook algorithms can lead to a partner's "hidden" interests appearing in their feed. The desire to find more information about them can fuel further social media use and suspicion.

(In particular, many of these studies have been conducted on college students, so it is possible that there are differences between older couples.)


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