Instagram is a very popular social media network, especially in the age group of 18 to 29-year-olds. In this article, we will examine the relation between the usage of Instagram and romantic relationship satisfaction. We will first tell about the #mcm and #wcw tags. Thereafter we will give some background information. Thirdly we will handle the topic ‘life satisfaction’. After that, it is time for ‘breakups and social media’. Subsequently we will talk about the relationship and social media and lastly, we will give a short conclusion about the article.

#mcm & #wcw

As of today, there has been posted millions and millions of pictures with the hashtags #mcm and #wcw. These hashtags stand for ‘ManCrushMonday’ (#mcm) and ‘WomanCrushWednesday’ (wcw). These hashtags and other like them are often used to admire loved ones or crushes on social media. A Hashtag is an important part of the experience of Instagram because it allows people to find pictures related to a specific word or better called a tag. Why people use these kinds of social networking media vary from person to person. Someone may post a picture with his or her significant other (SO) simply because the person is happy with his or her relationship and wants to express this publicly. On the other hand it is possible that someone is unhappy with their relationship, yet still continue to post about his or her SO to convince other people, and maybe even themselves that the relationship is going well.

Background information

Instagram was invented and developed back in 2010 by Systrom and Krieger, and started to gain popularity by 2012. It was at that moment when it reached a hundred thousand users. The definition of Social Media is an online networking site where users share their life and opinions with other people. Social media is involved in big proportions of society nowadays. It effects how and what people think, how they are and what material they see. People devote meaningfully more time on Instagram than on any other social platform.

Life satisfaction

One of the most found reasons to use Instagram is the surveillance of and knowledge about other people. Results showed that many people use Instagram to keep up with or gain information about what family, friends or even strangers are doing. Because they also know this themselves, people tend to only show certain parts of their lives to family, friends, and strangers. Another reason that people use social networking sites is to be able to escape from real life, run from problems and to release emotions. Results also showed a positive connection between high interpersonal interaction and using Instagram for coolness, creative purposes, and surveillance. If you are looking to get more engagement, you can check out Iigers, they will help you to increase your connections. A different study showed a positive connection between high levels of social activity such as traveling, visiting friends, going to events, and using Instagram to document their adventures. Social media usage is not always positive. It was found that when you recede too deep into social media, it can have a negative impact on life satisfaction. Additionally, it was found that when you spent more time in face-to-face conversations the life satisfaction was much higher.

Breakups and social media

Does social media have an influence on breakups? A study found that some people who had recently been involved in breakups removed all social media ties with exes. Some people were able to maintain harmonious Facebook relationships. And some people openly created a public version of the history of the relationship to justify its termination. It was even found that some people taunted or teased their exes by posting on social media hoping their exes would see it. This shows that social networking sites are very important to the entire life cycle of a relationship, from the beginning to the end.

Relationships and social media

The satisfaction of a relationship is defined as the positivity of feelings for one’s partner and attraction to the relationship. A study found that high satisfaction was for positive connected to face-to-face and voice-to-voice communication. It was negatively connected to text messaging and instant messaging. But what about the connection between the usage of Instagram and relationship satisfaction? Results showed no consecutive answer. In some relationships, the usage of Instagram went down, and in some relationships, the usage of Instagram went up. A reason for this can be that the couples that have a lot of face-to-face communication don’t need to use social networking sites to communicate with each other. And maybe for other couples, the usage of Instagram can help to communicate with each other, maybe because they don’t have a lot of time for face-to-face communication or maybe because they live far apart from each other. It is also possible that Instagram has more meaning than texting or direct messaging because you can tag each other in pictures that have meaning to the both of you, may it be something you both want to do or want to make. However, it is always better to have as much face-to-face communication as possible instead of texting.

Short conclusion

In this article, we talked about the hashtags #mcm and #wcw. After that, we talked about the importance of Instagram. Instagram is one of the most popular social networking sites and thus very important for research. We also talked about life satisfaction and how social media can affect it. After that, we talked about the role social media plays after couples break up. And lastly, we talked about relationships and social media. As said it was found that social media affect relationship satisfaction negatively, with the exception of Instagram. Surprisingly Instagram appears to have no influence on relationship satisfaction. This can be useful for couples that don’t always have time to communicate face-to-face. This means you can also use Instagram to connect with your significant other and feel connected. Although this may be the case, we suggest that you communicate face-to-face with your SO as much as you can, it will give more meaning than tagging each other in a picture.

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