"Relationship Privacy"

"Should you keep your relationships private or should you make your relationships public?”

In today’s world, social media has developed into an open diary of memorable moments, emotional feelings and experiences. There are many positive attributes that social media offers as well as negative. It’s important to view both sides of the spectrum not for fear purposes alone, but to understand what comes along with its nature and the diversified mentality of the public.

“Love is a beautiful gift in the eyes of the beholder”

When love is real, you lose a part of yourself and become immensely engrossed, selflessly, into someone else. Nevertheless, love comes with a price for if the love reaches an unresolved circumstance and causes a separation, a part of you goes away at the same time. No one wants to see their relationship fail, especially after it has been exposed on social media. There are many good and bad influences that social media offers to a relationship. You don’t necessarily have to keep your relationship a secret, but there are important reasons to maintain privacy.

“What you post about your relationship doesn’t validate its true worth”

There are many ways to filter pictures, but not the true value of your relationship. Many seek validation and the approval from social media as a source of motivation to sustain their relationship. Social media has even become an addiction for attention and recognition. Don’t get me wrong, attention and recognition aren't always bad, as long as you aren’t falling in love, ecstatically, with the public’s approval rather than the relationship’s true union. Don’t measure how far you’re advancing into a relationship just because your social media posts have created a lengthy timeline. Relationships last longer when each partner is in it to give more than just settling to be in a place to receive.

“What do you have to prove?”

Being in a healthy relationship should never be determined by external validation. You don’t have to give social media users a public platform to offer their opinion of whether you’re happy or not. You don’t have anything to prove! You also don’t want to send an opinionated message to single people that being in a relationship is far better. Don’t get it twisted, there are many single people living their BEST lives without being in a committed relationship. They’re committed to self-care before giving themselves to someone else. Don’t succumb to the ideology of proving that loyalty is showing social media what your partner is capable of giving you materialistically. Many celebrities have given outlandish gifts to their partners for social media to be awed and at the same time suffer some of the greatest cheating scandals that left us all in confusion. Everybody doesn’t want to see your relationship flourish! You can post the times of when your relationship is going great and get no response, but as soon as you post something that indicates a relationship issue, here comes a thousand comments of diverse feelings from social media. You don’t have anything to prove but to the person you are committed to! There’s nothing wrong with posting your relationship in a general sense, but my only suggestion is that you solidify your foundation before giving social media a platform to offer diverse opinions.

Do you expose your relationship on your social media? Why?

Tim Dunn

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