Social media is bursting with seemingly picture-perfect couples. They’re constantly showing each other off, posting cute photos and videos, writing about how much they love each other, and more.
Though these public displays of love and affection on social media can be genuine, sometimes they hide a relationship that is unraveling. We all know very well that our social media presence is curated.
People tend to show only their highlights and best moments, so it’s not surprising when things are not as perfect as they look online, behind the scenes. There are many signs we can point to that may indicate a relationship that looks perfect online could end abruptly.
Today, we want to discuss the top 5 social media signs that a couple is breaking up so you can understand and see what’s about to unfold ahead of the crowd.
5 Signs of relationship trouble on social media:
1- Excrutiatingly sweet social media posts:
There are two contexts where super sweet social media posts can be a sign of trouble. The first context is when the couple in question hasn’t been dating for very long.
However, they claim that they’ve finally found the one and they’re head over heels after just a few dates later. Going on a few dates is rarely enough time to know if someone is the one. So, don’t be surprised if the same people are dating someone else in a week.
The second context is when the couple has been in a relationship for a long time and they’ve never been that overly sweet on social media before. In this case, it could mean that they are working hard to rekindle their love.
They might be trying new ways to let each other know how much they mean to one another. However, their efforts may not be enough to save the relationship in the end, so let’s watch and see.
2- Affection seems mismatched:
Mismatched affection can be a strong sign the relationship might not be on the right path. If one of the lovers always looks annoyed at being photographed or caught on video, that could mean they don’t want to show their affection online.
It could be because they’re private people being forced to be put under a microscope, but it could also mean that they don’t feel the same about their partner. In the latter case, they don’t want to be on record about their affection because they don’t feel that strongly about the person they’re with.
If one of the lovers is constantly making posts about the other but it’s not reciprocal, that could be a sign of trouble. It’s an even more compelling sign of trouble if both partners used to post about how much they love each other at the same rate, then only one person kept up.
If they were both making an effort in that sense but that has suddenly changed, then what would the reason behind that be?
3- Changes in social media post frequency:
If the frequency at which the couple posts on social media increases or decreases all of a sudden, that can be a sign of trouble. Let’s say they posted once a day and now they post once a week or a couple of times a month.
That could mean they’re having issues, but it could mean anything else too. Maybe they’re too busy. But then again maybe they’re too busy saving the relationship. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have trouble expressing authentic affection and love for one another more often.
Similarly, if they never used to post about each other on social media and they suddenly start to do that every day, they might be trying to overcompensate. That could also be a sign of trouble. Perhaps they’re making a last-ditch effort to feel a certain way about one another.
4- The relationship status changes often:
When a relationship is in trouble, it’s not uncommon for couples to break up for a little while or take breaks. During that time, they may change their relationship status to single.
If a couple goes back and forth between being “in a relationship” and “being single”, that’s a clear sign they’re not having a stable relationship. If this kind of behavior is repeated over and over, you will see that they may stop posting each other on social media while they’re not together.
Only to go back to posting regularly or constantly the next week. With couples like this, it’s obviously an on-again-off-again relationship and it’s safe to say it’s only a matter of time before they break up once and for all. That’s especially true if they’re letting everyone know by their changing their relationship status whenever they fight.
Why will they not last? Because if they’re constantly breaking up and going back together, it indicates they’re not effectively resolving issues.
It’s perfectly normal for couples to share beautiful posts about each other. Especially on special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, etc. It’s usually considered to be a red flag when they don’t. However, posting about each other on social media 100% of the time can also be a red flag.
It all depends on the context and the pattern of behavior of the people involved. Since people use social media to share much about themselves, it can be easy to see if a couple is breaking up based on the way they behave on social media.
Of course, you can’t be 100% sure, but knowing the signs can give you an idea. Check this article out on signs your ex is trying to get your attention on social media, because why not look for more things since you’re already doing it.