Is '#RelationshipGoals' Really Goals?

In 2015, the term “relationship goals” was coined and social media ran with it. According to Urban Dictionary, relationship goals is defined as a couple who are the best couple out there. When we think of best couples out there, we automatically think Chrissy Teigen and John Legend; Beyoncé and Jay-Z; Barack and Michelle Obama; and so on.

But even outside of Hollywood, we may know a few other relationship goals—our parents and our friends with their S.O. These people are "goals" because they have the relationship we all dream to have. They have the best chemistry, go on the best dates, support the heck out of each other, and so on. Our generation is obsessed with becoming relationship goals—we want to be considered the relationship that everyone envies and looks up to. I can even admit that when I was in a relationship, I was obsessed with people saying that my relationship was relationship goals. With the help of social media, it’s even more pressuring for your relationship to be considered goals, as people are posting pictures of themselves doing #RelationshipGoals things such as 'bae-cations' and wearing matching outfits.

People have even taken it a step further and created YouTube channels dedicated to their relationship. This can easily take a toll on people's relationships as they want to become #RelationshipGoals. We can get easily caught up in trying to make everyone else jealous, that we can take out the fun of our own relationship.

We care more about what strangers think than what our significant other thinks. In society today, why does everything we do with our significant other have to be considered goals? Why can’t it just be two people being themselves? A relationship is supposed to be between two people, not two people and 1,000 of their followers. Two people who make each other happy and just worry about themselves. Don’t worry about the other couples on Instagram, not everything is what it seems and they may be fighting every other day. If you all are happy and content with your relationship at the end of the day, that's what matters. Not a little hashtag posted underneath your photo.