Provocations of Jealousy by Social Media Content; Where Do Relationships Go From Here?

As a result of the continuously growing pool of social media outlets being operated on, jealousy is a recurring convention of emotional responses that has intrinsically become embedded into romantic relationships.

Being a public domain, one of the most popular social media sites, Facebook, allows an individual to see whether someone else’s relationship status is displayed, whom they recently added as friends, and (depending on privacy settings) what specific content is posted on their timeline. However, with increased screen-to-screen communication but limited face-to-face communication between couples about their online content, social media outlets are breeding sites for jealousy and mistrust in romantic relationships.

Online content being posted, shared, or even brought up from the past may play a critical role in making or breaking a romantic relationship between two people. Triggers of jealousy, as well as suspicion and mistrust, include flirtatious interactions documented via messages, pictures, or wall posts on social networking sites and can be damaging to a relationship if not clearly communicated about.

It is extremely important that couples discuss what they would like each other to remove, if anything, from their respective social media sites so that they both are comfortable viewing his/her content without viewing a past photo they are tagged in and cringing at the fact that the love of their life was once with another person.

While it may be true that social media outlets can easily generate emotions that might endanger a relationship, social media sites are also capable of allowing couples to be more transparent with each other. This, to me, is what is missing from the two aforementioned articles’ arguments. This is one of the positives about social media in romantic relationships. The articles’ points that an individual’s social media content associated with previous romantic interests will lead directly to a slippery slope ending of the relationship makes it underdeveloped. They are underdeveloped in the sense that these negative situations can be prevented with clear communication and online consciousness from the get-go.

Nevertheless, while jealousy is not the only dimension for a relationship vulnerable to disintegration, once communication about specific content online takes place, there will be one less thing to worry about.


-L. Macalalad


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