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Is Social Media Ruining Relationships?

posted by Dawn Dai - 

For some, it's hard to remember what life was like before social media. Long before there was a "like" button or "swiping left or right," you would literally have to make an effort see a person face-to-face, pick up a phone and call or shoot them a text. 

Nowadays with one click of a button, you can bridge the gap between distances, decades and budding relationships. However, we all know that social media can cause a bit of drama as well. 

In this Strawberry Letter, a young woman writes in with complaints that her boyfriend is liking pictures of a girl he used to have a crush and feels it is "inappropriate." 

Take a look:

"Subject: He’s Double Tapping Her Sexy Pictures

Dear Steve and Shirley, 

I’m a 30-year-old woman and I’ve been dating a 35-year-old man for a little over a year and I need your advice about an issue. When we started dating, we were already following each other on Instagram and Facebook and I noticed that we had one mutual friend, a female that I went to college with. My boyfriend is following her on Instagram and Facebook. I asked him how he knew her and he said that he was interested in her before we started dating. He said they never met and he has never sent her any messages on social media. I told him that I know her personally and although we don’t talk often, we are good friends. So then I noticed that he started liking her pictures on Instagram. He only liked the pictures of her in a bikini or a short dress or short shorts with her behind poking out. I told him that it was inappropriate for him to like her pictures because he is my boyfriend and it sends the wrong message. I thought he would get it and he would stop following her on social media, or at least, stop liking her pictures. But no, he’s still double tapping on her pictures to this day!  He told me that it’s not a big deal. He told me that it’s no different than me enjoying my workouts with my trainer, who happens to be in tip-top physical shape. I told him that was a bad comparison because I was never attracted to my trainer. I feel like my boyfriend is trying to justify his actions by turning the situation around on me and make me sound like I’m being petty. He has no respect for my feelings. Steve and Shirley, please advise before social media ruins my relationship."

Now perhaps this could be an innocent "tap," but it does seems a bit peculiar that he only likes the "pictures of her in a bikini or a short dress or short shorts with her behind poking out." *side eye*

According to J. Anthony Brown, men in serious relationships should stay off of social media.

Is this another example of how social media can ruin relationships or is it insecure people in relationships that do? 

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