Social media does not ruin relationships — people do. There are thousands of ways to meet, search, find, connect, hookup, and explore people online. Online dating is a billion dollar business. Twitter has spawned countless hookups and relationships. Facebook will reunite you with your elementary school crush, high school boyfriend, his cousin, and your prom date all within a few clicks. All of these outlets can bring you the love of your life, or the embarrassment of your life … Catfish anyone? With the influx of social media, texting, Instagram, and every other “gram” of some sort available, there was bound to be a backlash.
I have been reading comments from men and women about how social media ruined there relationship. Many of these comments have been directed at or made after someone has been caught cheating. Is it easier to have access to men and women who you would not normally meet while working at Target? Yes. Has social media made it easier for the “Average Joe” to communicate with the “Unattainable Girl”? Yes. Is it easy to fall for someone based on their Instagram pics? Yes. Does your ex really actually go away if you’re able to Facebook stalk their every move? No. Here are just a few other questions for you: Does Twitter have a penis? No. Does Instagram have a vagina? No. Does Facebook call you and ask you to go out? No. OK, just checking.
The last time I checked, making a conscious decision to actively pursue someone, whether it be through texting, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, is a decision a man or woman makes on their own. Social media has definitely exacerbated the shift in our culture to not respect the boundaries of marriage and relationships. How many of us have hit on somebody we see online? You know you have, so don’t act like this is brand new. We see a celebrity, model, sports figure, or attractive guy/woman on our timeline and our hormones transform into a free for all of lustful comments, DMs, or “like” clicks on all of their Instagram pics.
We see someone we like, want, want to sleep with, or are curious about, and we have absolutely no filter in letting them know. Our phones and computer screens have become a safe place, a border if you will that not only grants us immediate access to anyone, but also does something to our psyche, and we are filled with an insane amount of confidence we’ve never had before. We post intimate pics of ourselves, we ask celebrities out on dates, we tell married men and women that we could love them better then their spouses, we post #mcm (Man Crush Monday) and #wcw (Women Crush Wednesday) pics with that tiny inkling of hope that our crush will like us back.