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What Factors Have Put a Strain on Your Relationships?

The Internet is increasingly putting a strain on marriages in Ireland and presumably on relationships in other countries, too. According to a major marriage counseling service in Ireland, too much time spent in cyberspace by one partner is becoming more common as the number one problem in a marriage.

Even perfectly healthy relationships often have a weak spot. Be it financial concerns, an insatiable appetite for video games, or the insufferable in-laws, there's a variety of things that can put a strain on your relationship. What's your number one complaint from your current or past relationship?

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MzKita MzKita 6 years
Grrr...we're goin on 7 months and up until last month things were great. But now its miscommunication, misunderstandings, social sites, texting...
Miss-Senorita Miss-Senorita 6 years
The fact that he is friends with his ex-girlfriend's family and I think its kinda weird that he wants us all to be friends not my cup of tea.
dikke-kus dikke-kus 6 years
Money drags us down. Everything else is perfect.
hiptobesquare hiptobesquare 6 years
Stress from work, or more importantly our lack of quality work.
bubblyw bubblyw 6 years
Besides the obvi stress, money problems, etc., when he's not willing to do little things like kill spiders for me or give me a ride when I'm running late, that's a big problem. He also is really particular about how he does some things, and when I do them "wrong" (ie different) that always turns into a nice little discussion. He's getting way better at that though.
Rebecca14916991 Rebecca14916991 6 years
My boyfriend is completely obsessed with video games on any platform imaginable and watching random stuff on his computer with every free second he has. He never cleans up after himself, getting him to pay attention to me in the afternoon is exhausting, and he pours ridiculous amounts of money into games when he will finish them in a week and never touch them again. It pisses me off to no end, and has almost been a deal breaker a couple of times in the relationship.
ladybug14 ladybug14 6 years
we really don't have any problems. the only one now is the bar exam we both are taking in a month. he is doing much better with the studying aspect and i am all emotional about it and stressed to the max. thankfully he is so sweet and understanding!
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 6 years
juicebox- I'm going through the same thing! My boyfriend is a scientist, so he stays late working on experiments. I rarely see him on weeknights, and when I do see him, it's always with his friends. He thinks we see each other a lot, but that's just because his idea of seeing me is literally "seeing me", regardless of whether or not it's just the two of us. I try not to let it bother me, but it can be frustrating. I just have to remind myself that he doesn't get to see his friends either because of his job.
juicebox07 juicebox07 6 years
The thing putting a strain on my relationship right now is that my boyfriend spends too much time with friends. As a girlfriend, I want to feel special. At this point, I don't feel any more special than his friends because he's always got to have them around. We barely get any alone time because of this. We don't go out on "dates" or really do anything for the two of us hardly at all. It feels like if I want to see him, I have to see him AND his friend(s) too. It's really quite annoying. I tried talking to him about it, but he doesn't see the big deal. Although I'm sure he wouldn't like it if the tables were turned and anytime he wanted to spend time with me I always had to have my friend there too.
misshk misshk 6 years
I really think that networking sites like Facebook put a strain on my relationship. Relationship status, status updates, tagged pictures. All trouble if you ask me! Had a pickle of a time getting through my last break up because we were both obsessed with eachother's status' and updates and pictures, etc. It was terrible! Finally we deleted eachother but we still have mutual friends and sometimes that's even hard to see/deal with. Now I am in a new relationship and have learned my lesson(S)! But we have already had at least 1 fight about relationship status (He wants me to state that I am in a relationship with him, but I think going through all that trouble again isnt worth it, haha!) Also, I think technology can be fleeting in the way where it makes it very easy to connect with just about anybody whether its texting or on the net almost everyone has a 3G phone or a laptop it seems. Technology has helped and HURT a lot of relationships I am sure more hurt than help tho!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
His job - for which he has to commute 2 hours and stay overnight - and money.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Nutty in-laws.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Nutty in-laws.
omminka omminka 6 years
We've had a long distance relationship for almost a year now so I'd say the distance is the biggest strain. At first it wasn't so bad but lately it can feel time consuming being stuck in front of the computer/on the phone during my weekends. I'm hoping everything goes well and that we can make it through the next three months until we move in together.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
it's nice to have a forum to explore these issues, but honestly, i dont have much to report...we don't have too many strains...he works far from home but it works out okay, and when i don't get to see him when i think i will, i get grumpy but it's no one's fault and i get over it quickly
Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
I think that my issue now, is the fact that since my BF has a computer-related job, he is always doing something on the computer. It's even a hobby, so basically when he is talking on the phone, or "watching" tv, he is always on the computer! Sometimes it gets a little irritating, but not all the time.Other than that, nothing really causes strain.
Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
I think that my issue now, is the fact that since my BF has a computer-related job, he is always doing something on the computer. It's even a hobby, so basically when he is talking on the phone, or "watching" tv, he is always on the computer! Sometimes it gets a little irritating, but not all the time. Other than that, nothing really causes strain.
TidalWave TidalWave 6 years
Peers and other girls. Basically just "you always want what you can't have".
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