If you and your significant other aren’t seeing eye to eye again, you may want to ask yourself when was the last time you logged on to Facebook. There’s a possibility that you’ve spent so much time looking to see how green everyone else’s grass is that you’ve failed to water your own.
According to a recent study from the University of Missouri, cited in Daily Mail, spending too much time on Facebook can be detrimental to your relationship. The ability to connect with family and friends no matter where they are is appealing; however, the potential to experience a disconnect in your love life is pretty substantial.
So why is Facebook to blame for relationship problems? According to the study, “Facebook-induced jealousy” increased the possibility of cheating and calling it quits by way of a break-up or divorce. And since we can’t blame the two parties within the relationship for its demise we’ve got to point our fingers somewhere. Sorry Facebook. For those who have a tendency to already struggle with feelings of jealousy Facebook tends to make matters worse. It was found that some people spend their time on Facebook to monitor their “partner’s activity” or to “reconnect with ex-partners.” The reconnecting with ex-partners can lead to both physical and emotional cheating.
According to Daily Mail, the study surveyed individuals between 18 and 82 years of age and in particular, asked how many disagreements they had in their relationships that “had been ignited” by Facebook. The data obtained resulted in a finding that more time on Facebook could ultimately lead to more problems in your relationship.
While jealously can be an ongoing issue for couples who don’t address it, the findings note that these issues were more common in couples who had been together for three years or less. As a result it’s suggested couples who haven’t been together that long stay off Facebook. Less time on Facebook means more time to work on your own relationship as opposed to causing it to end, leaving you with nothing but a Facebook timeline and photo album of what was. Otherwise, brace yourself for the wave of comments that will come once you change your relationship status to “single” or “it’s complicated” again. Of course, rather than staying off of Facebook entirely you could just make an effort to work on the whole jealously thing. For more on this study visit Daily Mail.
Do you think too much time on Facebook is the reason why some couples can’t seem to make it work?
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