The New Rules: Social Media and Relationships

Social Media has definitely changed the rules of dating. When meeting someone, we ask for their Instagram and Facebook pages before even asking their age or phone number. It can be a little annoying, but also kind of fun. However, with everything comes rules.

Here are a couple of rules to follow when incorporating social media into your relationships:   socialmedia2

 1. Thou shall not Facebook Stalk- A recent study in Glamour showed that the number one way to ruin a date before it even starts is…Facebook stalking. When you Facebook your date, you draw conclusions on the type of person you are going out with before you even meet them. Instead of sifting through every picture, every follower, every like and every status update, take the time to get to know the person you are going out with…by simply talking to them. Let time tell who they are…not Mark Zuckerberg. Trust us, it worked for people in the old days.  

 breakup2. Thou shall not air your dirty laundry- Once you’re in a committed relationship, promise yourself to keep things between you and the person you’re with (and maybe a friend or three). Your social media followers do not need to know every time you get into an argument with your significant other. Screenshotting conversations and posting it online? Tacky and embarrassing for both you and your partner. Displaying negative images of your relationship does nothing but give people something to talk about. Trust us, they’re screenshotting your screenshots and sending them to friends while finding joy in your misery. #KeepItToYourself

3. Thou shall not like pictures of half-naked women- Fellas, fellas, fellas. If you haven’t figured it out by now, women are natural born investigators. To avoid any arguments or conversations starting with “Who is that?”, avoid liking pictures of big booty women in bikinis. We see when and whose picture you like, so to ignore THAT argument, just admire quietly from a distance. rihanna-instagram-

4.Thou shall not put up inappropriate pictures of yourself-Ladies, ladies, ladies. Before posting a provocative pic of yourself, consider this- if your boyfriend posted a picture of his goods online, you probably would go crazy and break up with him. It’s pretty much the same thing. Don’t post anything with too much cleavage, cheeks hanging out of your shorts, and unless it’s a far shot of you on the beach…try to stay away from the bikini pics too. When your boyfriend sees that picture along with hundreds of likes and comments from random men online, it’ll cause a WORLD of trouble. #DontDoIt 

5. Thou shall not use the Facebook relationship status button freely. When you get into an argument with your partner, the world does not need to know that you repeatedly break up/make up or are in the “it’s complicated” phase. Do yourself a favor and keep your relationship status changes between you and your partner or consider hiding the status altogether on your profile. That way if you do change it often- no one will know about the roller coaster ride but you and your boyfriend/girlfriend.

Annoying-Facebook-Couple 6.Thou shall not document every little thing you do as a couple. The world does not need to know that your boyfriend bought you a bagel for breakfast and that you then went to the movies….and then for a walk in the park. TMI!! People like cute photos but all those details are unnecessary. NO ONE cares! Plus, if you guys break up or one of you is caught cheating and the public knows, you’ll look and feel stupid. Everyone will know he or she was your whole world and in the end you got played…badly. It also looks silly when you go back and delete a hundred pictures of them. Let people guess what your relationship is like. Random cute photos from couples that never post pics are WAY cuter than the ones who post them everyday. Trust us. 

It’s definitely possible to have a great relationship and share that on your social media pages. But keep in mind, some things (especially relationships) should be handled carefully and with caution. Try to focus more on building a good relationship with your partner and less on posting about it online.

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