In social media, relationships are a strangely public bit of our private lives — pressure to broadcast what used to be intimate moments (proposals, changes in status) is ambient, and a study reveals that this indeed may not be good for your love.
When it comes to social media, relationships are a given for sharing. It’s even been posited opting out of detailing one’s liaisons, loves or commitments on sites like Facebook is a “red flag” or lack of seriousness about a relationship — but it turns out the converse may be the case.
A new social media relationships study out of the University of Oxford’s Internet Institute reveals that while social media doesn’t necessarily damage relationships, too much of it can have a diminishing return on investment — and may even degrade your bond.
Dr. Bernie Hogan explains in a press release that those who use social media in relationships report “no greater relationship satisfaction and some even reported decreasing satisfaction.”
This work suggests that media, which now includes online social media, still operates as a signal of ties of strength in relationships. However there may be a cut-off point after which the increasing complexity of maintaining so many separate communications threads starts to undermine relationship ties.
Translation? When it comes to social media and relationships, a bit of mystery may be healthier than total disclosure.