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The evolution of social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Social networking sites have become a popular place to meet and connect with other people. They are also a place where romantic partners can go to display their relationships to their peers. studies have shown that social networking sites can have both positive and negative effects on interpersonal relationships. This paper will focus on the development, maintenance and dissolution of romantic partners on social networking sites. In our now largely virtual world there are many different ways that we can choose to communicate with one another.
Texts, FaceTime, and social media sites have become some of the most popular ways for people to communicate with each other. Romantic partners express their relationship in many different ways. A couple can choose how they want their relationship to be expressed to the public. Now, with the increasing growth of technology, romantic partners can express their relationship online for essentially everyone they know to see.
Social networking sites are used to try to recreate face-to-face communication and to maintain interpersonal relationships by allowing individuals to share and post things with each other Farrugia, Couples can use social networking sites to communicate with and about their ificant other Utz, Beukeboom, Facebook is widely regarded as the most popular social networking sites of our generation with over 1 billion users. It was created in by Mark Zuckerberg during his time at Harvard University.
Users can connect with people, pictures and share their interest with their friends. Utz and Beukeboom discuss three characteristics of social networking sites that can influence relationships. The first is that social networking sites increase the amount of information that romantic couples receive about their ificant other. The second characteristic is that social networking sites make it relatively easy to monitor partners. Facebook makes it simple and anonymous if a partner feels jealous to basically spy on their ificant other without them knowing. The last characteristic of social networking sites it that information about and relevant to a romantic relationship is publicly displayed to peers.
The Relational dialectics theory RDT can be used when discussing social networking sites and romantic relationships because it analyzes the creation of meaning from competing discourses that cause conflicts and resolutions in relationships. Relational dialectics theory states that romantic partners have to try to balance the effects of forces trying to bring them together and pull them apart simultaneously.
This dialect refers to the struggles that romantic partners face between inclusion and exclusion. I have discussed ly that social networking sites allow couples to connect with each other in a multitude of ways but it is ultimately up to both partners if they choose to use Facebook as another channel of communication in the relationship. For example, a partner may choose to not participate online for many reasons such as wanting keep their relationship private. When using social networking sites, the issue of privacy is a relevant concern. This dialect discusses how much is shared on social media and how much is left as a mystery from social media users.
Sharing too much on social media can take away from the intimacy of the relationship between two people. Social networking sites make it possible to share almost every aspect of a relationship but finding a balance between sharing too much and not sharing enough is necessary for effective relationships. The last dialectic discusses the balance between things staying constant in a relationship and things changing.
Subtle changes to a relationship are healthy and normal, everyone changes so it only makes sense that relationships evolve as well. The extent of change in the relationship can sometimes create uncertainty. When both partners are not in agreement with the balance of stability and change in the relationship then it may cause uncertainty in the relationship. The change of relationship status shows some sort of possession that expresses that the other person is no longer available Bowe, For many couples, becoming Facebook official FBO is an exciting thing to share with friends on social media.
If one partner is usually very private on social networking sites then becoming FBO may be a cause for tension in the relationship. When couples are active on Facebook it can sometimes create conflict in the relationship.
Conflict in relationships can sometimes stem from insecurity or uncertainty in a relationship. Social networking sites make it easy for a partner to be aware of inconsistencies in the relationship. A survey conducted by Fox revealed that students feel that without Facebook the inconsistencies would still happen but were more likely to be downplayed because it wouldn't be as public as doing it on Facebook. When we feel insecure or uncertain in a relationship social networking sites make it easy to check up on our ificant others.
Many people seek out social media sites to use for surveillance on their partner. Using social networking sites for surveillance is a method that a partner can use to become more aware of what their ificant other is doing both online and offline Tokunaga, If a person is insecure about a particular person that their ificant other is around then they may go look at older pictures of the two to increase their knowledge of the relationship.
Lastly, since you do not have to be geographically close to whoever you are spying on it is easy to do it anonymously without the partner ever knowing Tokugnaga, Jealousy in relationships occur both online and offline. Since social networking sites make it easy for someone to check up on what things their ificant other is doing, this can create jealousy and uncertainty in a relationship.
The lack of privacy on social networking sitess make it easy for others to access information about a ificant other.
In their research on jealousy and social media, Muise et al found that the more time a person spent on Facebook, the more jealousy they experienced. Gender can also have an effect on jealousy in a relationship. Not all relationships are sustainable and will eventually come to an end.
There are many reasons for relationships to end such as infidelity, lack of effort, physical or emotional distance, etc. Dissolution of relationships with romantic partners have been known to lead to distress and depression Lukacs, Although it is typically not acceptable, sometimes partners will end a relationship over a telephone call, text message, or with a social networking sites.
This means that the partner chooses not to deal with the intensity of breaking up with face-to-face communication so they choose to do it with mediated communication. This method of relationship dissolution is usually frowned upon and is not widely accepted as a socially acceptable way to terminate a relationship. The duration of the romantic relationship can have an affect on the manner in which one terminates the relationship.
If the couple has been together less than 3 months it is sometimes seen as more acceptable to end the relationship via text, call, or with social networking sites. When partners break up social networking sites can be a cause for concern because the relationship is still imprinted into Facebook in a of ways. After the couple has broken up and changed their relationship status there can still be artifacts from the relationship left on social media such as pictures together, messages, etc.
Some people choose to do a type of cleanse of the relationship on social media and delete all of the evidence of the relationship. Some people choose to keep the remaining evidence on their social networking sites Some may choose to defriend any mutual friend they have with their past partner to ensure the person does not show up on their Facebook anymore. Social networking sites can positively affect a romantic relationship in that if both partners agree to publish the relationship that it can help partners feel more secure in their relationship.
The negative effects that social media can have on romantic relationships seem to be more prevalent when there is insecurity and uncertainty in the relationship. Partners who find themselves feeling uncertain and insecure in their relationships often use Facebook and other social networking sites for surveillance on their partner. Tokugnaga explained that the amount of time a person spends on social networking sites can help determine how much they use their social media for surveillance.
Once the relationship reaches a ificant imbalance in their relational dialectics then it can cause the dissolution of the relationship and even then social media can still affect the relationship. It is still uncertain exactly how big of a role that social media plays in the development, maintenance, and dissolution of romantic relationships but after a brief review of literature and research on this topic it is clear that social media is a contributing factor in many of the aspects of a relationship. Bowe Greg.
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