Many people are addicted to their phones. When people are on their smartphones, they are usually scrolling through Facebook, Twitter, or some other social media site. They’re keeping tabs on their friends and family members. They don’t want to miss a thing.
This fear of missing out, though, is ruining relationships. Phone addiction has become a huge problem in recent years, causing tension and conflict in marriages. While social media allows people to communicate efficiently, it also changes the way people interact with each other in real life.
However, many relationships start online through social media, so setting ground rules for proper phone use can be complicated. But you need to ensure your phone doesn’t get in the way of your relationship. Here are some pointers to keep in mind.
Focus on In-Person Communication
Many couples tend to lean toward virtual communication. While texts, emails, and chats can be great ways to communicate quickly and stay in touch with each other, nothing beats in-person communication. With social media, you can’t hear someone’s voice or see their facial expressions. This means things can get lost in translation, which doesn’t help deepen your relationship.
What you see online isn’t always real life. People tend to exaggerate their lives online. They may seem like they’re rich and happy, but all you’re getting is a snapshot. You may see a lot of details, but you’re not seeing your friends’ entire lives. They may be secretly miserable, so don’t compare your relationship to what you see online. Instead, focus on the positive aspects of your relationship.
It’s easy to pull out your phone and start scrolling anywhere, even when your partner is in the same room as you. Stop scrolling through social media and give your attention to the person in front of you. If you can’t get away from your phone for an hour so you can enjoy a dinner date, there’s a bigger problem. You’re not engaging in a meaningful connection with your partner, which can make them feel as though they will always be in second place. This is disrespectful and can lead to jealousy and resentment.
Put careful thought into private moments that you want to share. Remember that you are in a relationship and need to act with maturity. Control how you interact with others. If you’re not sure if you should post something, think about how your partner might feel. You might want to check with your significant other first to avoid any possible embarrassment or hurt feelings.
Many people have become addicted to Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites. This has put a strain on relationships.
Social media has affected many marriages. Is it causing you tension? If so, a Columbia divorce lawyer from The Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. can help you divorce with ease. Schedule a consultation today by filling out the online form or calling (410) 774-5987.
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