While I was at work the other day, I noticed a couple arguing about the status of their relationship. Not whether or not they were in a relationship, rather, the lack of Facebook statuses about their relationship.
It’s something that I’ve written about before, but hearing yet another person doubt the legitimacy of a relationship because of internet presence is equally fascinating and concerning to me. I’m not in a relationship and therefore feel I cannot pass judgement on those that feel this way, but I can’t help but wonder why we put such a great emphasis on digital presentation of our relationships (both romantic and otherwise) when pictures with sappy captions has so little to do with relationship legitimacy. Of course, because social media is such a prevalent facet of many of our lives, one may be more inclined to think that more posts = more love / deeper feelings /etc., but genuine expressions of feeling should not begin and end with a post online.
Now, don’t get me wrong: I love love and I love cute relationships and I love those sappy Instagram posts. But I don’t think they necessarily define a relationship and would hate for people to post them for any reason beyond wanting to showoff a facet of one’s life that brings them happiness, especially if that reason is to validation for a digital audience.
So now I turn to you, dear reader: how much of an emphasis to you put into posting about your relationship? Have you and your partner ever gotten into a fight about relationship posts or lack thereof? Let me know!