Social media is taking over our homes or phones and our lives, is the internet interfering with your love life?
You do not have to look twice, everywhere you go you see persons on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, chat rooms haha!! Dating sites are popping up everywhere. With nearly 290 million internet users as of 2016, the United States is one of largest online markets worldwide. About 76.2 percent of the U.S. population accessed the internet as of 2016. While internet adoption in the United States is equal amongst both genders, online usage increases among demographic groups with higher levels of education and income. The United States are also one of the highest-ranked countries in terms of internet freedom, ranking fourth in the Freedom House Index of 2017 with 21 points.
We say computers don’t think but they are changing the way we think and how we relate to each other on so many levels. Especially on the matter of relationships, there are more people on the dating sites than in Parks, coffee shops and Restaurants in our growing cities today.
In my own experience I found that I spend the majority of my day on my computer, job related and hours surfing social media, exciting and addicting. I found so much fulfilment logging on and just chatting with folks and my social life outside of the website was almost non-existent. My speech pattern was changing, I got weary when I was out, dying to go back to my comfort zone, connecting with social media.
Physical touch is important, it is the primary need for children and some adults, however if we spend so much time on the internet, when are we going to find time to grow our relationships/marriages?
An awareness of what social media is doing to our relationships is a start, take the time to schedule time away from social media so that we can stay connected with the persons in our lives.
Is the internet interfering with your love life?
Online friendships, while certainly valuable in many ways, lack the ability to provide us with opportunities for deep and lasting emotional closeness. So accept and seek out your online friends, rekindle lost connections and revisit childhood friendships, as long as it is not at the expense of nurturing and deepening your real-life relationships.