How to manage online behaviour

It is important to know where to draw the line when it comes to social networking sites, as anything otherwise can upset your life balance

It's an era when posting updates about anything and everything on Twitter and Facebook is considered cool. Anything, literally!

However, social networking sites seem to be taking a toll too.

There have been reports about partners filing divorce petitions or indulging in constant complaining and fights, as they weren't happy with the online behavior of their sweethearts.

Mukesh Trivedi, a stress-management super specialist and marriage counsellor from Vadodara, shares, "I do get such cases. Just a few days back, a worried husband, who was concerned about his wife's addiction to social networking, had come to me. But when I studied the case, the real reason turned out to be something else. The wife wasn't happy in the relationship as she was sexually dissatisfied, but had concealed it from him. So, she was spending more time on the internet. I would say that when one person starts spending too much time on the virtual world, it means there is something wrong with the relationship."

Here are a few simple tips to ensure that social networking sites don't take precedence over your real social life:

- It's important to connect to your old buddies once in a while, but stop spending hours on Facebook and Twitter.

- On weekends/holidays, give social networking sites a break. It won't kill you!

- It's fun to upload photos/videos, but it's important that you know where to draw the line. Pick and choose wisely. Not everything needs to be uploaded, right?

- Cribbing about problems in your relationship on social networking sites is a strict no no!

- Getting into needless arguments on sports, politics etc. is avoidable. It only spreads negativity and takes away precious time!

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