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Why Megan Young, Mikael Daez do not post love greetings for each other

by FM Ganal
Jul 19, 2020
Megan Young and Mikael Daez discuss in their podcast the social media culture of sending special messages to loved ones. They both find such greetings unnecessary and, in some cases, the cause of petty fights among couples.
PHOTO/S: @mikaeldaez on Instagram

How come Megan Young and Mikael Daez do not post sweet messages for each other on social media?

In their podcast Behind Relationship Goals early this week, the husband and wife team explored the subtle ways social media have pressured couples to be more romantically expressive online.

Mikael began, "Let's admit it. Showbiz couples, there's a stereotype.

"There's definitely a stereotype of how showbiz couples act, how they're supposed to portray themselves to a certain extent..."

He was referring to whatever "unnecessary" and "quite toxic" expectations that will come out, for example, "with a really nice Instagram photo and caption for your loved ones during their birthday."

The GMA-7 actor, in fact, has observed how some couples have gotten into trivial arguments for the flimsiest of reasons, like a partner forgetting to post a birthday greeting to the other.

According to Mikael, he has noticed these petty quarrels becoming commonplace on social media, and not just among showbiz couples.

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He explained further, "The thing is there are a lot of social pressures, and sometimes nagagalit o nagkakaroon ng away within the relationship.

"Pero iyon pala, iyong pinanggalingan ng away nila is just social pressure. It's social pressure to post...

"Naunahan na sila ng emosyon, ng galit, naging away na talaga. 'Tapos they probably took out old issues.

"Pero if you think about it, baka iyong pinagmulan ng away nila was really just, 'Bakit hindi mo ako grineet, e, iyong iba naggi-greet?'

"I mean, it could easily happen that way. Those were the kind of issues I wanted to avoid because I felt that they were very unnecessary."

And that is why he and Megan seldom post love greetings to each other on the Internet.

Mikael said couples in the first bloom of their relationship are the most vulnerable to slightest signs of neglect.

The Kapuso talent then recalled telling Megan, whom he calls Bonez, early on in their relationship, "There was one birthday I told Bonez, 'I don't want you to post that it is my birthday. I don't want you to write a caption because I don't need that.'

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"What would make me happier is if you came over and we celebrated together and just hung out and maybe had Mister Kabab, which we did."

He added, "I guess it's nice to share that story to make some people are aware that it does happen."

Knowing and accepting one's love language

Although Megan agreed with Mikael, she also pointed out that maybe some couples value these social media greetings, maybe it's part of their love language.

Talking to her husband, whom she calls Fofo, the GMA-7 actress explained, "I also think it's because we have validation from each other, you know what I mean?'

"Like, 'Hey Fofo, it doesn't matter if you post about us or not. What matters is that our relationship is good, that we have good communication.

"'Whether you post about us or greet me on my birthday online, that doesn't change our relationship behind the scenes.'"

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Megan then underlined the importance of talking and clarifying expectations in a relationship.

The former Miss World titleholder said, "If you and your partner don't talk about that or you don't set expectations, then that's when the fight starts.

"Because what if these things really do validate someone's love for you? You know, it's different for everyone.

"Sometimes people's love language is words of affirmation. Maybe these things really do validate their love for someone. We also have to take that in consideration din.

"It's not our love language, but maybe somebody else's love language."

There are five kinds of love languages: words of affirmation, physical touch, receiving gifts, quality time, and acts of service.

Love language, a concept that was made popular by Dr. Gary Chapman in a book published in 1992, is how one shows and receives love.

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Megan Young and Mikael Daez discuss in their podcast the social media culture of sending special messages to loved ones. They both find such greetings unnecessary and, in some cases, the cause of petty fights among couples.
PHOTO/S: @mikaeldaez on Instagram
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