From my perspective, 2018 seemed to be the year of relationship breakups, especially on YouTube.
YouTube has become especially popular in the last few years. For many, YouTube is how they generate income, make connections, promote their work and make wonderful memories they'll carry with them forever.
However, there's one trend on YouTube I'm a bit skeptical about: couple's channels.
Don't get me wrong, I love watching people show love, affection, and happiness for each other, especially if they're able to earn a living for doing what they love with the person they love.
However, being together all the time for the sake of a YouTube channel can have negative effects over time.
This type of lifestyle doesn't leave much room for individuality. They're always together from the minute they wake up until they go to bed. Between filming, editing and brainstorming ideas for tomorrow's video, they don't get time to themselves.
What about their own separate hobbies? What about individual identity?
Let's take Shannon and Cammie, a famous YouTube couple that broke up a few years ago, for example.
They were together for about three years, but they posted a video in 2016 about the reasoning behind their breakup.
They had mutually agreed to end the relationship because even though they were happy with each other, they weren't happy with themselves.
When fans found out, they were shocked. How could this beautiful couple break up? They were always together, and they seemed so happy!
Maybe that's where the problem lied.
They were always together, even when they went on vacations, they were filming and editing the whole time so that the fans could get a glimpse into their world. What would be considered a fun time to relax for most of us was work for them.
When your relationship life and relaxation time becomes obligatory, it becomes unhealthy.
This happens way too often.
Furthermore, when these couples break up, not only are they losing their significant other, they're losing a huge part of their image.
They lose a channel. They lose subscribers which means they lose money. They lose a part of themselves.
They have fans begging them to get back together, making edits of the couple from when they were still together, reposting their deleted videos, etc.
In a way, fans believe they're owed something as they've become too emotionally invested in a couple they're not even going to meet, let alone be a part of.
They don't owe anyone anything.
If I ever break free from the "Terminally Single" club, I won't make my world revolve around them.
A significant other should be a part of your life, not all of it.
I won't be "Sarah J, so-and-so's girlfriend." I'll be "Sarah J, stand-up comedian, actress, writer and speaker who happens to be in a relationship with so-and-so."
Let's bring back healthy relationships that focus on growing together as well as individually.