As I was doing my normal web surfing today, I came across an article that I believe is extremely relevant, especially as we move into a more digital age. It posed the question, "Is Instagram Ruining Your Relationship?"

With so many people on social platforms, there can always be an adverse effect, which can be summed up:

"Psychologist Barry Schwartz called it The Paradox of Choice. Having so many options in any area of life, whether it’s what brand of cereal to get, what movie to watch on Netflix, or even who to pursue romantically, can be a paralyzing experience, and it makes the perfectionists in us unhappy"

That is not to say that I think social media, especially Instagram, are a bad idea, in fact, it is just the opposite. I like the fact that I can connect with family and friends, even those across the country. I have gotten to know relatives I would not know as they are not in the area.

I have several friends and family members who use Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social media platforms. I think we need to take what we see as a snapshot, a glimpse of the life our friends are leading while knowing that we are only seeing what they want us to see. The danger comes when we base our whole lives on what is going on in the digital world and not on what is happening right around us. When we compare our lives to what we are seeing, and by how many likes we get, or don't get, on our posts.

Social media can be a great part of a person's life, and I fully believe it has its place, just in moderation. Thoughts? Have you seen anything positive, or negative, with social media and your relationships?


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