With over 62% of Australian internet users on social sites such as Facebook and Twitter and average usage at >6hrs/month on social sites and rising (53% women and 47% men), there is little wonder that social usage will be a problem for some relationships.
Whilst various surveys* suggest that social media use enhances intimate relationships and connection with the community (78% say it helps maintain relationships with friends & family), 95% are worried about online privacy and 87% as to the amount of time their partner is online.
Even more alarmingly in the US, Facebook is cited in 1 in 5 divorces and in the UK, 1 in 8 partners claim they use their phone more than talking to them.
Social media has many benefits for an effective society but there are also areas to watch out for.
What barriers can I implement to protect my relationship from the perils of Social Media use in my relationship?
Here are a few tips:
1. Do a self assessment on why you are using online sites;
2. Do you spend more time talking to the opposite sex or particular individuals?
3. Spell out your expectations with others when online;
4. Do not engage in intimate conversations with someone other than your partner;
5. Share passwords;
6. Set parameters around how much time and when you are online.
More tips at Intentional-Relationship.com
*2011 Relationships Indicators Survey is a joint initiative of Relationships Australia and CUA
based on data collected, analysed and reported by Woolcott Research.