March 10, 2017

Why You Should Keep Your Relationship Off Facebook

During my pregnancy, I had joined a few mom groups on Facebook for women who had babies due in January, which are probably now parenting groups for moms that gave birth late December to early February. (I ended up leaving all of these groups because I could not stand all the man hating.)

Theses were groups where we could talk about our pregnancies and a go to for parenting advice. However, what amazed me was how many of these women would complain about their spouses or partners.

I have seen certain family members do this in the past on Facebook as well, but not as often, so I never thought to do anything but unfollow those individuals. Now it is a big enough pet peeve that I decided to make a post with reasons why you should keep your relationship off of Facebook (at least the messy bits).

1. You are communicating with the wrong person. 

A lot of women in these groups like to complain about how their husbands or boyfriends don't help out. I swear there is a new post every day that basically sounds like this: "My husband doesn't do anything!" Well, the obvious response to this is "Have you tried asking him?"

A lot of women are quick to bash their husbands on social media about how he never helps out, but the reality is, you are probably not even giving him a chance! I remember a couple weeks after having our baby, I was feeling super stressed and upset at my husband because it seemed like I was doing all the work (but I had the decency to not complain about it on social media). My husband noticed that I seemed more irritated than usual and actually confronted me and stated: "I want to help, but I don't know what you need help with, just tell me what to do and I'll do it."

Men aren't psychic (I don't think anyone is for that matter). They can't help you if you don't ask, so instead of complaining on Facebook about how your husband doesn't seem to notice the mile high pile of dishes in the sink, get off your phone or computer, and simply ask: "Honey, could you please do the dishes?"

One thing I was bad at was just assuming that if I noticed something needed to be done, he would notice too, but that was not the case and was also wrong for me to make that assumption. I have now learned the importance of just asking and being direct. If you say something like "The garbage is looking full," that means nothing to him. If you want him to take out the garbage then ask! (and ask nicely). "Honey, could  you please take out the garbage?" will get you what you want and save you from this entire mess!

Also, have you ever thought that maybe YOU are the problem? If you aren't asking for help, then you are the one causing the problem. It is easy to blame your spouse, and even easier on social media where other women who are having relationship problems will gladly join you in bashing men (somehow all men end up being the same in these conversations).

However, none of them appear to ever give advice! So my advice to you is to get off of Facebook, figure out what the problem is, consider what YOU can do to change that problem, and then talk to your husband. Usually it is as simple as just asking your partner to do something you want help with.
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2. It only makes you look bad. 

You may think you are making your partner look bad by complaining how he never does this or that, but in reality, when I see a post like that on Facebook, it is YOU that looks bad. I actually feel bad for your partner because one, they probably have no idea how you feel, two, you aren't even giving them a chance to tell their side of the story, and three you are embarrassing them publicly (just think about how you would feel if your spouse was to make a post complaining about you).

Instead of coming off as the unsung hero, you come off as the grumpy housewife (to put it nicely) to those of us following you on Facebook, while your partner becomes the poor puppy that got hit by a car (you being the car).

Complaining about your husband on Facebook is not going to get him to stop doing whatever it is you want him to stop doing, you need to communicate to him how you feel and the both of you need to figure out a solution.

Another thing to keep in mind is once you post it for the world to see, you can never take it back. Sure you can delete your post, but your mom, grandpa, your best friend, etc all now know you have relationship problems. They might also be more cautious to share things with you because they now know you will post anything on Facebook. Just something to think about.

3. How would you feel if it were the other way around?

I think these women in the Facebook groups feel safe to bash their partners because one, we are all women (supposedly), and two, it is hidden from family and friends (if you have the Ovia parenting app, then it is completely anonymous, which is why I think the posts on there are way worse).

Since I am not "Facebook friends" with any of these women, I can't say if they do or don't post about their partners directly on their Facebook page, but either way it is childish.

I say childish because that is what a child does: they tattle on everything, "So and so ate the last cookie!" is pretty much the same as: "My husband never takes out the garbage!" You are basically whining to your mommy and daddy (aka "Facebook friends") about your partner, when what you should be doing is sitting down with your partner and having a civil, adult conversation about your problems and how to solve them.

Anyway, I don't think many of these women consider how they would feel if they found out their partners were doing the same to them. I know I would be upset if I found out my husband was telling his family and friends (or even strangers for that matter!) that I was a lousy wife who only watched Netflix all day (and no that is not what I do all day, but you get the idea). If he had a problem with something I was doing, I would rather him confront me so we can come up with a solution, not complain about it for the world to see. But that's just me, maybe you don't mind if your significant other is out there complaining about you; that is your call. Just something to think about the next time you decide to post that nasty little status update about how your partner does nothing.

4. Your children will see it.

Now this doesn't apply to the Facebook groups, but I have personally witnessed this on my Facebook. (Also may not apply if you have kids too young for Facebook, but they will grow up, and Facebook is good about hanging onto past posts). Some people really need to think "Do I want my children to see this?" before making posts on Facebook. I have even witnessed children of parents apologizing for what their parents said/posted! It just appalls me how people think it is okay to post their fights or arguments on Facebook, as if they are trying to get people to take their side!

That is not a healthy relationship! Instead of taking your fight to social media, you should be trying to work it out among yourselves, and if you can't, then get a counselor, therapist, or other qualified professional to help out, You should be working on fixing your relationship problems, not making them worse or ignoring them and just whining about them on Facebook.

Not only are you embarrassing yourselves with this childish behavior, but your children and other family members for that matter. Also, your kids will likely respect you less because of your immature behavior. They will tell you less because they fear you will post about them on social media and the last thing they need is their own mother or father complaining about how crappy they are to all their family and friends. So if you want to keep your child's respect, then respect your spouse and deal with problems inside the house, not on the internet.