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Social Media On Relationships Media Essay

Paper Type: Free Essay Subject: Media
Wordcount: 1637 words Published: 1st Jan 2015

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Buying cloth, listening to music, choosing vacations are all affected and manipulated by the internet, but it has also effected how people interact and communicate, it allowed them to share thoughts, photos, stories and start discussions with online chats. Even it allows Organizations, companies and parliaments to interact with large audience.

Moreover social media has interfered even in more personal issues like family business and the relationship between men and women.

Social media can be very helpful in many cases but if misused it can have very serious effects on relationships. Many problems nowadays are created because of social media. And even some divorce cases were an effect of misusing it.

Problem statement:

With the revolution of social media, we have become so dependent on it in our daily life, a life example of that is the worldwide use of face book. We can stay informed with people that we don’t call daily, we can stay a part of their life from the photos they post and the info. We can know if a far cousin is changing his place, or what happened with him during traveling, but on the other hand Facebook violates our privacy which creates a problem to people in relationships. A new kind of threat to relationships called “Facebook jealousy”. Were people in a relationship can watch what their spouse is doing on Facebook and in this case a simple friend request from an ex can be a start of a big problem.

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Other example of the huge problem is the use of whatsapp and similar applications were it consumes all peoples time, people are always chatting, at home, in class, during driving!!!!(wich is another subject alone). And this has parted people from each other. And the worse seen is if you take a look at a modern family. There is absolutely no interaction. Everyone in the family is on his way of communication even the husband and wife don’t talk. They are soo consumed into there online chat)

Research questions:

1-What is the difference between men and women when it comes to social networks?

2-What is the effect of social media on the relationship between partners?

3-How can we stop social media from affecting our human-human live interaction specially for people in relationships?

Hypotheses: Social media affects the relationship between men and women.

Have you ever wondered what the differences are between men and women when it comes to social networking? Well, one thing has been proven, and that is that women are much more likely to have interaction than men. Also, women have much higher follower or friend rate than men. I guess that could be explained by nature itself really, so we don’t have to go too much into those statistics.

:According to a study

broadband households were asked these questions, and the answers were somewhat surprising. Not only are women a lot more active on social networking websites than men, but they are also buying a lot more hot technology gadgets.

The study was undertaken by Parks Associates for HSN and speaks a lot more in the favor of women than men when it comes to social networking. It shouldn’t come as a big surprise that when you have a look at the Top 100 Twitter Users, the majority of people on there are actually females. However, when it comes to gadgets, I am a bit surprised really. I mean, I think a lot of people would agree that we have always thought that men are the ones who most likely become shopaholics when it comes to gadgets of all kinds. But, as this study shows, women are way more active on social networking websites, and they also buy the hottest gadgets.


Andreas Kaplan and Michael Haenlein define social media as “a group of Internet-based applications that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content. Furthermore, social media depend on mobile and web-based technologies to create highly interactive platforms through which individuals and communities share, discuss, and modify stories photos and info.

Definition 2:

Social media includes the various online technology tools that enable people to communicate easily via the internet to share information and resources. Social media can include text, audio, video, images, podcasts, and other multimedia communication

Definition of the new phenomenon “Facebook Jealousy”

If you’re prone to thinking, “It’s just Facebook — can it really cause that many problems in an adult relationship?” consider this: Facebook makes “unique contributions to the experience of jealousy in romantic relationships.” Divorce attorneys say Facebook flirtations are frequently cited in their cases. And this poor guy had an asthma attack supposedly prompted by seeing how many men his ex-girlfriend had friended since their breakup. There’s even a Facebook page called “I wonder how many relationships Facebook ruins every year” with over 100,000 “Likes.”

“It’s a very common topic,” said Jennine Estes, a couples’ therapist from San Diego who reported that she sometimes hears about Facebook issues on a daily basis in her office. Couples come into conflict over everything from one party reconnecting with an ex to one not mentioning the relationship on Facebook at all.

Review of the Literature

Sixty-five percent of adults use social network sites. Facebook has 845 million users, and 60 percent of those users list themselves as being in some sort of relationship. Thirty-seven percent are listed as single, 31 percent married, 24 percent “in a relationship,” 5 percent engage, and 3 percent claim “it’s complicated.”

Social media can be friend or foe when it comes to romantic relationships.

“The problem with combining social networks with a relationship is everyone tends to get involved,” said Darius McKiver, a junior computer aided drafting and design major from Chinquapin, N.C.

“Your friends and followers are telling you what your partner is posting. Instead of going straight to the horse’s mouth, you’re too busy listening to what everyone is saying.”

Other students feel that social media can make or break a relationship. Many have credited social media to finding new relationships.

Facebook has changed dating for the worse. Facebook causes people in relationships to overanalyze their partner’s online activity.  

Also friends fuel jealousy, and every relationship mistake made is on record, all because of Facebook.

“For some relationships, social media is the best way for people to show affection. But it can [also] air out ‘dirty laundry,’ cause conflicts and be the starting place for rumors,” said Gabrielle Stuart, a junior chemical engineering major from Clinton, MD. “It is all in how you carry yourself and present yourself on these social media sites. That will dictate the effect social networks will have.”

Once upon a time, breaking up with someone over the phone or email was considered rude.

Now, changing one’s relationship status on social media has become the most common way to end a relationship. In a survey of 1,000 Facebook users, 25 percent of respondents found out their relationships were over by seeing it on Facebook first.

“I have never allowed social media to ruin any of my relationships, but I have seen it put an end to some serious relationships. It is never worth it. Most times, it’s a matter of an ex initiating a personal message or commenting on a post that triggers most issues within a relationship,” said Joshua Johnson, a senior criminal justice major from Greensboro.

Some students believe openly displaying their relationships on social networks can be a positive.

But couples should always evaluate what they post in cyberspace and how much of their relationships they really want exposed to the public.

(erik veal Editor-in-Chief- 2013)

Facebook is the most used social networl followed by youtube and twitter facebook alone reports that it now has 500 activem million users 50% of them log in on daily basis.

(Jacobsen and Forste 2011)


The current research involves both qualitative and quantative methods since the data collection procedure in based on a questionnaire and interview.


The first method of data collection in a questionnaire including seven questions which range between yes or no questions and open ended ones.

The purpose of there questions is to collect data about the effect of social media in relationship between men and women.It in going to be distributed and administed by the research herself.


The interview in going to be conducted with two expexted infield and includes questions about the teachers and the students in school and the people use social media about the effect of social media in relationship between men and women.


The evolution of social media has increased its role in our life. And made it easier in many ways. But the over-use of this media has threatened many values of people and their relationships, it has also effected productiovity of a society, and mostly affected people in relationships. It increased the problems between couples and in some cases it caused divorce. We cant stop the usage of social media since we became very dependent on it but the necessey is to tame it, and keep it for our benefit not allowing it to cause problems.


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