Marriage

Effects of Social Media on Your Marriage

Social media has forever changed the way relationships start, survive, or end. We cannot deny the benefits of social media in long-distance bridge relationships and helping us to stay in touch with friends and family.

However, in a Christian marriage setting, social media often opens up the doors to heavy storms. 81% of divorce lawyers believe that social media is the cause of at least 20% of divorce cases in the US.

It nurtures a covetous attitude that’s not healthy for a marriage.

Everyone tries to portray their lives in good light on social media. Spouses can fall into the trap of comparing their marriages to others. There are so many stage-managed ‘perfect’ marriages on social media that can drive you to lose faith in your relationship.

As 2 Corinthians 10:12 states, instead of critiquing your spouse; choose to focus on their different sides. “For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. However, they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”

Screen time drives a wedge in the marriage bond.

Choosing social media time over your spouse is akin to cheating. Worse still this happens on matrimonial beds. Spouses, instead of connecting in real life, face different ways fully engaged in their followers, friends, and acquaintances on social media.

Eventually, you grow colder to your spouse and fall into the temptation of affairs and other relationships that can damage your marriage.

Social media breeds emotional infidelity.

Friends and even ex-partners can replace the supportive role of your spouse if you spend more time talking to them. Some believers get so much intimate with friends that they stop discussing their problems with their spouses.  

Once you cross that line, your risk of having an extra-marital affair (and subsequently a divorce) is increased.

It can lead to a faith crisis.

Some social media posts can pollute your mind. Most social media sites are uncensored and allow x rated posts and mentally disturbing posts. Without you realizing it, these posts and images can punch holes into your Christian life.  Marriage problems can start at that point when one spouse goes through a faith crisis.

Philippians 4:8 emphasizes what we should spend our times on. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

Your Love is Not Doomed to Fail, Though…

You can save your marriage; just put down your device and give your spouse the attention they deserve. The Hideaway in Amarillo, Texas, is a great place to find tranquility and space to strengthen a hurting marriage. You will also receive intensive marriage counseling that might help to rekindle the passion in your relationship. Call us today to find out more:  (806) 290-0055. Or, if you or your marriage is currently struggling, but aren’t sure if you’re ready to take the next step, we would love to pray with you: Prayer Requests