by Samkeliso Ncube
I remember when we used to write letters and wait for people to call us on our home phone (Landline), I remember a time when people actually got excited when they received mail, when the idea of having a cell phone wasn’t as life changing as it’s become today, those were the good old days. Relationships had value and meaning, being in a relationship was not a two minutes thing like nowadays, “I love you” wasn’t just a joke, the phrase carried value with it.
I remember when I was in high school the excitement which came along with receiving a letter. We used to talk to people whom we know, unlike nowadays where you meet a boyfriend or girlfriend in online platforms like WhatsaAp, facebook and twitter. People are just after having fun, they just want to have as many girls/boyfriends as they can. Relationships in this era can be likened to a game, where people just compete to date a number of people, especially men. This might be because of easy access of women from various parts of the world.
The emergence of social media has led to broke of trust in relationships. Couples are always insecure that that their counter parts are busy talking to other male or female in their social platforms. Social media has raised jealous amongst individuals. For instance if your significant other posts pictures with other people, you will be likely to get jealous and that can destroy the relationship unlike in the old days where people will privately keep their pictures at home, and relationships would last.
Marriages are destroyed because of social media, especially WhatsaAp. Images of public figures and generally ordinary people are tarnished because of information that would have leaked through social media, especially pictures. Relationships have turned into being stressful as partners will be stressing about who their partner is chatting with on WhatsaAp and other social platforms, unlike in the past where relationships were comprised of joy and happiness.