In a Digital World
In a remarkably short period of time,
internet and mobile technology have become
a part of everyday life all around the world.
- Pew Global
Digital technology usage has skyrocketed in the
With more than 2 BILLION internet users around
…and 73% of online adults use
social networking sites
It is easy to see that social media and technology
is a big part of our daily lives.
However, is digital
when it comes to
“Digital interactions can help us feel physically
close, even if they happen through a screen”
- Jenna Worthman. The New York Times
The digital world has created
new expectations and implications
for people in relationships.
Couples are expected to become “Facebook
official” and announce their relationship on
Instagram collages on birthdays, liking their
Facebook pictures, sending flirty texts and
responding to Tweets have all become attributes
“perfect” boyfriend or girlfriend.
Those that displayed their significant other in their
profile picture and were listed as “in a relationship”
were more likely to stay together and less likely to
- Allison McCann. Buzzfeed
People feel more pressure from their friends and
family to stay together when they have their
partner in profile pictures and relationship status”
Too much focus on our digital devices draws us
away from our real social interactions
The more active an individual was on Twitter, the more
likely they were to report "Twitter-related" conflict with
- James Vincent. “The Twitter Effect”
Break-ups are therefore made more difficult
because of technology.
The digital footprint of your romantic
relationships follows you into the future…
... and previous partners can contact you through
various digital platforms
Even though technology brings us together, it
also threatens to push us apart.
- Alex Lickerman. Pscyhology Today