The No-Nonsense Reality of Social Media’s Affect on Relationships

JeanPaul Maximillian Relationships Blog

Contributor: JeanPaul Maximillian
Founder: CUSP Mental Health and Relationships
March 28th, 2017

Over the years I have heard many people say that social media and the internet do not make it easier to cheat… to be unfaithful. I have not argued the point with these people.
I have always disagreed with them, but I’ve never argued with them, why? Because it’s the heart and the mind that cheat before the body ever engages another.

The way I look at it is like this, the internet allows people to desire others in secret, to lust after others in private and to betray their partners before they ever physically encounter another. Private messages, public posts, and secret accounts all make it easy for those who would cheat to do so.
Remove the internet, remove the anonymity that it allows, and remove the privacy that it provides and people are forced to act more transparently. Not necessarily more honorable, just more openly.

The people who disagree always strike me as the ones who benefit from the artificial “ambiguity” surrounding the issue. I tend to look at them as those who want the door to remain open so that they can act with impunity.
We get to decide who we want to be, we get to create ourselves, all by making choices. I don’t know about you but I’m trying to make the best ones that I can. I start by not denying that which I know to be true, I start by being honest with myself… and with others.

 

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