3. Addiction to social media.
This is probably one of the most common social media habits that end up causing a lot of problems in relationships. Even though it might seem harmless, and not that big of a deal initially, after a point it can get extremely frustrating watching your partner spend all their time on Facebook, Instagram, and the likes.
Studies have shown that excessive use of social media can cause serious problems in romantic relationships, even sometimes leading to breakups and divorce. One of the most familiar reasons that lead to serious conflict is jealousy. Social media is notorious in showing the “perfect” lives of people, and some people (who are constantly on social media) end up comparing some strangers’ lives with their own. This mentality can be unfair to the other person.
Using, and enjoying social media is not a crime, but if the most part of your day is spent browsing and scrolling, then it becomes a problem. Your partner feels ignored and isolated by you. Always focus on what you have now, instead of getting lost in the toxicity of social media. Look towards your partner, and spend some quality time with them instead of constantly staring at your phone.
4. Trying to make an ex-partner jealous.
Yes, people still do this. Sometimes, they post updates, and certain pictures just to catch the attention of their ex, and make them jealous. If you see your partner doing this, it will obviously feel extremely hurtful, and insensitive. And not to forget, so unfair to you. Is there really any point in keeping your ex in your friend list, even after you have broken up, and moved on to a new relationship?
If you are someone who is in a relationship with a person like this, it will naturally feel very disrespectful, and the relationship will end up being a three-person relationship – you, your partner, and their ex.
Communicate to your partner how all of this is hurtful and disrespectful towards you, and that they need to stop doing this if they want to continue to be in a serious relationship with you. Being with a partner who is still hung up on their ex is not a healthy relationship in any way, and that they need to treat you better, and with the respect you deserve.
5. Engaging too much with strangers.
Noticing your partner conversing, and engaging with absolute strangers on the internet can be a cause of concern. If they are constantly talking about people you have never heard of, confusion reigns supreme. This can lead to you not trusting your partner, and constantly wondering if they are up to something dubious behind your back.
And even if they are not cheating on you, you might feel apprehensive about them talking to people they don’t know at all. Because at the end of the day, it is not always possible to gauge the other person’s motives just by sitting in front of the computer screen.
In such cases, the best option is to approach your partner and talk to them about this openly. Let them know that this social media habit of theirs is bothering you to no end, and you are feeling extremely concerned. If their motives are not wrong, they will always provide you with a reasonable explanation, and might even end up introducing you to these new people.
When it comes to handling your relationship, always remember to be a transparent communicator, as this will help both of you understand where the other person stands. Being on the same page is crucial for building a healthy relationship. So, if your partner is engaging in these social media habits, then simply talk to them about it. Never underestimate the power of communication and a clear conversation.