Facebook has abruptly ended many loving relationships. This is not only restricted to singles but also married people. There have been reports of how Facebook has wrecked relationships due to the ease at which users meet new friends and reconnect with their ex-spouses. Hence, partners have to be conscious and careful with the way they use social media.
In fact, some recent research suggests not only that active Facebook and Twitter users are at heightened risk for relationship conflict because of their social-media use, but that this activity significantly correlates with a heightened risk of infidelity and divorce. This article points you to some rules you can religiously follow to prevent getting into trouble while using Facebook.
Be careful when changing your relationship status
The relationship status on Facebook includes single, married, In a relationship, and complicated. So, you have to be careful in choosing your relationship status. If you are dating, your partner expects you to change your relationship status. In this case, if you don’t, he may suspect that you have ulterior motives for not changing the status. Also, do not be in a hurry to change your relationship status if you have a fight. It is better to select a status that corresponds to your relationship status.
Don’t take your arguments public
When couples or lovers ‘fight’, some take it to Facebook. They exchange nasty public messages which may be triggered by one of the partners who puts up posts supposedly referring to the other. You may feel hurt due to whatever he/she did, it doesn’t mean you should take it online. Facebook will only exacerbate the arguments leading to an undesirable break up.
Don’t befriend your ex
The easiest way to connect with your ex is on Facebook. If you do, you may put yourself in a very uncomfortable situation with your present lover. Even if you still have feelings for him, it is better not to accept his friend’s request and stay away. Accepting his request can mean trouble as he will have complete access to your profile as well as your phone number. This is when he begins to beep every day which may lead your guy to begin to suspect you.
Tag only people you know in your pictures
There is no gainsaying that women like pictures. They post different pictures on Facebook including the one they aren’t meant to post. Some have posted selfies with their ex. If by any chance your partner sees the photo while browsing through your profile, it may probably lead to a dispute. You will not be helped if he is a jealous type.
Don’t be online 24/7
You may appear to be online but that does not necessarily mean that you will reply chat messages. Your partner will be wondering what you are doing online when you meant to be sleeping or engaged in something else. It is better to go offline completely when you are idle.
Hope this tips will keep your love lives blossoming. Are there any other tips you know about that could help lovers stay away from Facebook trouble? Let us know using the comment box below.
Adeniyi OGUNFOWOKE, a travel and Tech writer, contributed this article from lagos.