Modern Relationship Problems Presentation Sample
Topic: Modern Relationship Problems: How Social Networking Affects Your Love Life
General Purpose: To entertain the audience.
Specific Purpose: To tell my audience about social networking as a modern relationship problem.
Thesis: It’s just Facebook – can it really cause many problems in romantic relationships?
A. Attention-getter: Do you know that, in near future, most children will tell that their parents met online?
B. Message Social media became a part of our lives. But is it friend, or foe, when it comes to romantic relationships?
A. Statistics and overview of social networking
A social survey has shown that sixty five percent of adults use social network sites. Facebook has 870 million users and 60 percent list themselves as being in a relationship. Thirty seven percent list themselves as single, 31 percent married, 24 percent “in a relationship,” 5 percent engaged and 3 percent claim “it’s complicated.”
Many people say that social networking has changed dating for the worse. Social networking causes people in relationships to over-analyze their partner’s online activity. Couples get into quarrels over everything; from one party reconnecting with an ex, to one not mentioning the relationship at all.
As to the positive effect of social networking, married couples who met online had a courtship period of 18.5 months, while couples who met offline had this period for 42 months.
B. Main problems
While many have credited social networking for finding new relationships, others have forever cursed it for changing dating for the worse.
A while back, breaking up with someone via the phone, or email, was considered brutal. But, now, changing one’s relationship status on the social network has become a common way to end a relationship. In a survey of Facebook users, 25 percent of respondents found news about changes in relationships by seeing it on social networking first.
Top five ways that social networking causes relationship stress: over-analyzing your partner’s online activities; getting a friend request from your ex; your current friend gets even friendlier; there’s revealing message on your partner’s wall; and the photo factor.
C. Personal story
For example, my husband and I met on chat. We had conversations online and decided to meet. From that time we have been together. But the problems we encountered, early in our relationship, were difficult because of social networking. Jealousy of friends of the other sex and dissatisfaction with the behavior on social network sites, led to constant quarrels. For the most part, quarrels took place at online chat instead of meeting face to face. We even broke up several times. But, as time passed, we grew mentally and solved the problems that made us mad at each other. I’m glad that, eventually, we became a happy family and that our feelings grew into something bigger.
A. So, I think that the biggest problem of social networking is that a little dissatisfaction with each other can grow into a grave problem and it is usually discussed online, instead of real talk offline.
B. I’ve never allowed social networking to ruin my relationships, but I’ve seen it put an end to some serious relationships. It is never worth it. So, love and be loved; and don’t let social networking ruin your relationships. Take care of each other and just be happy.
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