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The Role Of Digital World In Modern-day Relationships

Love it or hate it, digitalization is something you just cannot ignore. And when something as grand as this makes way into your world, you just cannot let it go out of your personal life as well. In a situation like this, it is bound to affect the bond that you share with your loved ones.

With more and more people jumping into the digital bandwagon, it is often seen that people possess more than one digital device. These devices range from mobiles and tablets to smart watches and laptops. Each person has a certain amount of cloud space (that is given by the service providers), wherein he or she can store a certain amount of data.

This data is often personal in nature and the other very important aspect of digitalization is the advent and rapid growth of social media.

In today's world, it is much easier to create intimate relationships with people. Fostering the same is not as easy as it sounds. With social media altering the foundation of how we relate to people, it is inevitable that all of this will affect the way in which modern-day relationships function.

This article explores the role digitalization plays in such relationships. Have a look.

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1. Easier To Connect With More Number Of People

With more and more people being digitally literate, it is easier to locate anyone in the digital world. This gives one a greater number of options with respect to the number of people they can connect with. In such a scenario, chances of a person getting attracted to many others and falling prey to extra-marital affairs is also higher. This can take a toll on his or her relationship.

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2. Better Connectivity Fosters Long-distance Relationships

Till a couple of decades ago, it was very difficult for couples to live far away from each other. The inefficient postal system was to be blamed for this. Today, with more and more options available for texting, calling and video calling, no distance is really too much for couples who are in a long-distance relationship. This is one of the most beneficial effects of digitalization on our relationships.

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3. Desire To Check On The Other Person’s Device

As stated earlier, in today's world, one can get a lot of information about a person from his or her mobile device (or in some cases, cloud storage). Hence, it is quite normal that a person would want to see his or her partner's mobile device in order to get to know the other person better. By allowing your partner to check out your mobile phone, you might be divulging details you would otherwise not want to. By not allowing this, you will be sowing the seed of mistrust, which will prove to be harmful to your relationship in the long run. Thus, the desire to check your partner's phone is one of the most fatal things that can happen in a relationship.

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4. Digital Intimacy

While digital intimacy is encouraged, as it fosters a better understanding of the other person, another aspect of the story is the fact that often people end up confusing digital intimacy with the actual intimacy. While on the run of gaining ‘social digital intimacy', we often tend to alienate our partner, our friends and other people who populate our actual daily life. This must be avoided at all costs.

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5. There Is An Increased Pressure Of PDA

With more and more people uploading pictures of their ideal dates and honeymoons, there is a lot of pressure on all of us for the Public Display of Affection (or PDA as we would like to call it). This has led us to a place wherein relationships are more about taking selfies than making memories. This is not a very welcome step, and digitalization is to be blamed for this.

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6. Tendency To Compare One’s Relationship To The Others

Thanks to digitalization and the rapid growth of social media, these days most of our personal life does not remain private at all. With access to intimate details of the private life of someone else, we often end up comparing ourselves with that person. This is a very bad habit and can prove to be venomous to your relationship. Make sure you avoid it.

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7. Social Media Revenge

In today's social media-obsessed world, when one holds a grudge against a person and is unable to get back at him or her, they tend to attack the other person's partner in the same social platform. This sort of cat fishing activity is cheap, to say the very least. This not only affects the individual concerned, but also has a detrimental effect on the victim couple's relationship with each other.

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8. On-the-go Reporting

With better connectivity on the cards, individuals often end up reporting their hour-to-hour activities to their partner. Now, while some might claim that this leads to the lack of privacy and affects one's individuality, the other side of the story is that this enables individuals to collaborate as a couple. This is of particular aid when matters like child-rearing or taking care of old people at home comes into play.

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    Story first published: Friday, January 5, 2018, 13:00 [IST]
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