Are you and your significant other Facebook official? How would you feel if they asked you to delete your Facebook or Instagram in order to have a joint account that you both post on?
One of the many things that couples argue about is social media. A new trend suggests that more couples are ditching their personal accounts and sharing a joint account. However, Facebook’s guidelines specifically state that accounts are for one person only. According to the article, “When ‘Facebook Official’ Isn’t Enough” by Stephanie Buck, “Facebook was named in one-third of divorce filings in 2011, according to Divorce-Online, a UK legal services firm.” Some believe that sharing is the key to solving social media disputes. Results from a recent study show that sharing social media accounts has actually improved happiness and feeling secure in a relationship.
With more couples opting to share an account, it will be interesting to see if Facebook changes their stance on account usage. What do you think? Would you share a social media account with your significant other even if it was allowed?
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Maybe they’re onto something. A July 2013 Social Psychological and Personality Science study shows couples who post more about their relationships on Facebook report being happier and more secure in their partnerships.
Indeed, couples are foregoing social media independence and merging their accounts in order to feel closer to one another.
Bloggers Dave Bouskill and Deb Corbeil of The Planet D value discussing their social media activity and find it creates a bonding experience. “Dave and I are one of those unique couples who have always been really in tune with each other,” Deb writes in an email to Mashable. “We’ve been inseparable since 1991 and we know each other inside out.Other couples might want to keep their singular voice, but our identity has always been about being together.”
Dave and Deb operate all of their social accounts together.
Dalene and Peter Heck of Hecktic Travels experience the same closeness. For them, combining their business’ social accounts makes practical, time-saving sense. “We have the same interests, and often would individually be inclined to share or consume the same stuff anyways,” Dalene tellsMashable. “This way we can do it all from one place rather than duplicating efforts.”