6 ways social media is ruining your marriage

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If we let social media take over our lives, it can ruin our relationships, even our marriage.

Social media is such a huge part of our lives now. It’s a great tool that allows us to maintain connections and communicate with great ease. However, social media does have a harmful effect, particularly on our relationships. It can even do some serious damage to your marriage. How? Here are some ways social media ruins relationships, compiled from FamilyShare and Huffington Post.

1. Social media wastes time

We often turn to our newsfeeds to keep ourselves occupied when we’ve got nothing else to do. We don’t even think about it; our smartphones have become our go-to when we’ve got our hands free. Spending so much time on your phone might not seem like a huge deal, but when you and your partner are spending more time on your phones than you are interacting with each other, then that’s serious cause for concern.

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2. Social media can make you wish for a “better” life

Always keep this in mind: what you see on social media is never an accurate representation of your friends’ lives. We present our best selves on social media, so all you see are these idealized images of relationships that may make you feel insecure about your own relationship.

3. Social media can connect you with the wrong people

Most of us have dated other people before we ended up with our spouses, and social media makes it so much easier for us to reconnect with old flames. Catching up with an ex might seem harmless—after all, your intentions are pure, right? However, this can reawaken old feelings and end up with you in a questionable situation. Here’s a rule you should agree on: whenever you think about reconnecting with an ex, save you and your partner the drama and just don’t. Leave things in the past.

On the next page: read more about how social media can hurt your relationship.

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