Social media dating tips for every stage of a relationship
February 10th, 2014
Let’s face it: you’re dating both your significant other and your phone. Just think about it, you’re always skipping down the street, one hand holding your boo, the other holding your phone. It’s okay, it’s totally cool! But whether you’re just starting a new relationship or you’re counting down the days to your big wedding day, here are some quick social media tips for you and your loved one.
1. If you have a crush on someone, it’s okay to look at their social media accounts.
It’s kind of like research, the much more subtle way of creeping that doesn’t involve you actually asking all of this person’s friends everything about him/her. Thank you, Internet! But BEWARE: if you’re snooping one’s Instagram, make sure you don’t slip and like his photos. Nothing is more embarrassing than seeing that heart come up and feeling your heart seize up in a panic.
2. The occasional flirty Tweet or comment is allowed.
Go ahead, start a Twitter conversation or like a Facebook status (pending you’re friends with this person on FB) once in a while. It’s great to show some interest. But BEWARE: don’t go overboard. Whatever you do, please don’t like and respond to EVERYTHING. It’s slightly obsessive and definitely looks bad to the rest of the internet paying attention. Which brings us to tip number three…
3. If you’re gonna ask someone out, do it privately.
No need to publicly ask a person out on the internet. Take it to the DM box as to save yourself the embarrassment of a possible rejection. But BEWARE: if you’re on Twitter, make sure you’re typing in a DM box and not accidentally tweeting it out to the world. That happens more often than you think.
4. Do not Instagram your first date.
That’s just jinxing things, isn’t it? Plus, it’s super awkward if a second date never happens and you’re stuck with a pic on your feed with the hashtag #firstdate #cute (#no).
5. Skip the Facebook relationship status, please.
Does anyone else find that a bit immature by now? Unless you’re in a super serious, committed relationship, it’s just flat out awkward to see a person constantly change their status between “single” and “in a relationship” every few months. And BONUS: once you change it, people can comment! Watch out for the onslaught of “Oh no, what happened??” and “Are you okay??” messages. Just save yourself the trouble and keep your status to yourself.
6. You’re allowed to post couple selfies.
Why not, right? But BEWARE: don’t caption it with cheesy song lyrics, don’t add A MILLION HASHTAGS (#boyfriend #love #cute #couple #ilovehim #forever #NONONONO), and don’t post too many. No need to drown your feed in couple selfies, we know you have a life outside of your loved one. Let us see those food and cat pics once in a while.
8. Use a fun hashtag for you wedding.
It’s an easy way to gather up the pics afterwards!
9. Post about your children, but in moderation.
Raise your hand if you know at least one person who has gone a little overboard with baby pics… You love this person, but you know everything about their kid(s) and you haven’t even met him/her/them yet. We know this from experience: it is hella awkward when you eventually meet him/her/them. “Oh, hi [insert name]!!!” “Mommy, who is this stranger?!?”
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