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Social media is probably killing your relationship, according to a marriage therapist — here's how to fix that
Business Insider3/13/2018 12:23:01 PM

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  • Social media often projects a fantasy rather than reality, which creates unrealistic standards.
  • Constantly comparing your relationship to other relationships that you see online can cause unnecessary discontent and anxiety
  • Marriage and family therapist Bianca Rodriguez has some tips for combating this common relationship pitfall.


Social media can be pretty awesome. It's home to support groups, food blogs, and Mindy Kaling's Instagram account. Being exposed to different images, places, ideas, and people through the lens of apps such as Facebook and Snapchat can inspire us and broaden our worldviews, but social media can be a double-edged sword. The cost of inspiration and entertainment is often the curse of comparison; social networking apps can create unrealistic standards and make us feel less confident in ourselves. That trend can hold true when it comes to our relationships too. We chatted with Bianca Rodriguez, a licensed marriage and family therapist, about ways to curb the habit.

"The most important thing to remember when you are scrolling through social media is that it is fiction loosely tied to real events," Rodriguez says. "It's a highlight reel of socially acceptable activities and achievements with a sprinkle of fairy dust and Photoshop."

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