In the second part to my first Twitterpated Millenials post, you’ll meet Johan Pimentel, boyfriend of Christie Moro. Here, he gives us insight to the man’s POV on social media and his long-time relationship. Social media etiquette can become a challenge for those in relationships. It starts with the transition from single behavior to how you should act as 1/2 of a couple, and continues to evolve the longer you are in the relationship. As they’ve moved on from college life, the challenges have become tougher and no doubt social media has affected that. I was lucky enough to have them be my first guinea pigs in this Twitterpated Millenials experiment and here is what Johan shared with me…
- Did social media play a role in how your relationship started? How so?
Yes it did, it was in fact the first venue (Facebook chat) used for our first one on one conversation, a conversation that led to me asking her to marry me, haha.
- How often do you check your social media platforms on a daily basis?
Multiple times a day, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Groupme, Linkedin, etc. seem to run our lives.
- Do you still use social media to communicate with each other?
Yes, while I am at work and she is at school, we use Facebook chat and/or Groupme to communicate with each other besides texting.
- How has social media affected your relationship negatively? Positively?
It affects our relationship negatively in that it may take away from our undivided attention with each other the few times we get to spend together. But it is a positive way to at least get to communicate with each other due to our busy schedules.
- How have you dealt with a post by your significant other that bothered or made you uncomfortable in any way?
I personally haven’t really been bothered by anything posted. But it has been brought to my attention that liking or commenting on women’s pages. Etc. does make my significant other uncomfortable. With her best interest in mind it is something I do consider before I post anything.
- If you can give couples one piece of advice regarding their relationship and social media, what would it be?
Be mindful of what you post into the world, your relationship problems should stay internal, not for everyone to witness. What is posted on the Internet will forever remain, and it can have just as much of a scarring effect as those hurtful words someone never forgets.
Now you see why I love them so much? Take notes, people! They are just 1 example of a DigiCouple who is making the right decisions and putting each other first. You’ll be meeting some more as I continue to interview other awesome twitterpated millenials who aren’t afraid to let me pick their brains. None of us are experts but our experiences at least serve as examples of what kind of decisions others can make or avoid on their journey to finding love in the digital age.