How Social Media Glorifies Having A Significant Other for the Holidays

Social media. Only the biggest and most important part of our generation…especially during the holidays.

What better time of the year to think of a perfect photo op with the cutest Instagram caption than the holidays? And what better way to spend them than with a significant other?

Speaking for all you single ladies (or gentlemen) out there…social media is NOT just for a significant other. In fact, if you’re single, you SHOULD brag and boast about how awesome your holiday experiences are. And what better way to do it than a cute Snapchat story or adorable Instagram post?

Social media not only makes it a bit harder for the single folks, but also makes it a lot more annoying. Not to bash on all of you in a relationship because, seriously, good for you, but the holidays are already lonely enough for those who have consistently been in relationships in the past and now have to spend them alone. So some advice to all of you: don’t open Instagram! Don’t look at Snapchat stories belonging to those couples that you know love bragging about their relationship every two seconds.


Instead, maybe try and put down social media for the holidays. Live in the moment. Pretend it’s a whole different era and there IS no social media. Spend some time with your family and friends rather than focusing on that perfect moment to snap a picture and post so all of your internet friends can see.

There IS a way to overcome not having a significant other for the holidays and that is simply putting down social media for a bit. And if you really don’t think you can do that, then don’t! Here’s some totally cool ideas that not just couples can partake in:

  1. Go to the city tree lighting!
  2. Go out to dinner with friends and/or family.
  3. Go ice skating, sledding or simply take a walk in the snow!
  4. Go meet up for a winter beverage at a cute coffee shop.
  5. Spend a day at the mall and/or movies!
  6. Go to a basketball game (or football if the cold weather is your thing)!
  7. Go out and have a good time! Shockingly, you DON’T need a s/o to do this!

There are so many photo opportunities you can have this holiday season that don’t have to be shared with a significant other.

To be honest, friend pictures always seem to rack in more likes anyway.





Meghan O’Dea is a sophomore studying Strategic Communication. Follow her on Twitter @meghanodea!


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