With social media at our fingertips, it's hard not to get caught up in other friends' (or even strangers') perceived lives via their Instagram posts. This is especially true when it comes to relationships, and although we all know comparing your life and relationship to someone else's is unhealthy, it may even be toxic.
The evolution of technology and social media has made dating and meeting people more accessible, but in turn it gives individuals a platform to bombard others with their relationships and how ~happy~ they are with their partner. Almost every aspect of one's relationship is broadcasted across social media to make their life seem perfect, from Snapchatting a sexy beach day with their partner to oogling over the perfect kiss-in-the-rain Insta. And let's face it, sometimes it's really difficult to stop yourself from falling into this unhealthy cycle of comparison.
"What looking at life through the lens of social media does is filter everything that we see, leaving us with a permanent sense of what we have isn't good enough, or that we should want more," psychosexual relationship therapist Kate Moyle tells Bustle. "It gives many a feeling of dissatisfaction about what they have and what is in front of them IRL."
Below are seven unexpected yet important reasons why comparing your relationship to others is toxic behavior, according to experts.