The most obvious advantage to having social media is the ability to interact with loved ones that aren’t near you. This can be especially important for couples that are in a long-distance relationship for several reasons. Not only do social media companies allow couples to communicate whenever they want – through apps such as Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp – they also allow each partner to see what the other is up to and ‘experience’ their life, even though they may not be there in person. For those who don’t get to see their partner very often, this gives them an idea of how they’re getting on and gives them something to talk about when they do see each other.
Likewise, for friends or family communicating via social media, the ability to post and share allows everyone to engage with one another without actually being together. For example, one family member could post a photo of an event and share it with their family, meaning that everyone can engage in the same conversation. In this way, social media has allowed us to make long-distance relationships more viable, and that can only be a positive thing.
A New Way to Meet
With increased connectivity, social media has given us a new way to meet romantic partners – in fact, 8% of all couples are now meeting online or through a dating app. Not only does social media allow you to engage with many more people than would be possible on the street or in a bar, it is also a great tool for putting you in groups or communities that share similar interests, thus increasing the chance of finding a perfect match. For example, if you’re interested in a specific sports team, you can easily find Facebook groups or sub-Redditt’s dedicated to that subject, making it easier to find friends or romantic partners with shared interests.
A Vetting Process
In the same vein as being able to start new relationships, social media also gives you unprecedented access into the lives of the people you meet, allowing you to make a more informed decision as to your compatibility. Whether it be friends or romantic interests, you can get a glimpse into how they behave, what they like, and what you could potentially be in for if you pursue a relationship. For example, you might think twice about a second date if the person you’re interested in has been retweeting Alt-Right propaganda. While it’s unlikely to be as bad as anything like that, the ability to vet relationships through social media platforms gives you greater control of who you interreact with on a day-to-day basis.