Social Media Dating Faux Pas
Posted by Girls Guide To on August 17, 2012 at 7:13 PM
The world of social media has drastically changed dating. Gone are the days when you could truly go on a blind date. Now, we Google, friend request, and follow someone before the first date. Or we simply just meet online. With all this information at our fingertips, it’s easy to slip-up and either embarrass yourself or maybe just creep out your crush. Fight the urge to stalk that hottie online and beware the rest of these social media faux pas!
If you noticed your man checked in at a bar last night with, there’s no need to bring it up right away. If you see him the next day, genuinely ask him how his night was. Even if you make a joke about noticing his “check-in” it comes across as though your keeping tabs and a bit stalker.
It’s one thing to follow or like a celebrities fan page, but it’s an entirely different thing to tweet at your celebrity crush or gush about them on the web. I’m definitely guilty of this one. I just couldn’t help myself when all the Magic Mike promos were out; however, I realized how peeved I’d be if my guy was constantly tweeting about Mila Kunis or Kate Upton for the whole world to see.
Just don’t go there. If you two are in a serious relationship and have a great anniversary dinner, that’s one thing, but do not ever recap a date for your followers or friends to see. It could easily get back to him, and some things are just meant to be kept private.
We’ve all seen this one, yet I hope none of us are guilty of it. Posting arguments online is a big no-no, but you shouldn’t write any cagey post-fight statuses either. None of this “What would you do if your guy…” or passive-aggressive stuff. One it will upset your guy and likely cause another fight, plus you’ll just worry your friends.
Following or Friending Hookups
Met a new guy recently, but not sure where it’s going? Don’t immediately follow, tweet, or friend request him. One, he might take it as a sign you want to move too quickly, and two, if things don’t go anywhere, you’ll have to deal with the awkward unfollowing.
Sure, you might come across a really good “single girl” or “man-hating” quote, but resist the urge to immediately share it online. If you just got out of a relationship, it will make you come across as bitter, and if you’re dating someone, it will definitely confuse him to read it. To place it safe, if you’re dying to share it, just email it to a few select pals.
TMI and Cuddly Pics
While your guy might enjoy being all lovey-dovey in privacy, it does not mean he’s comfortable with it being splashed all over his Facebook or Twitter. Don’t post any cuddly pics unless you’re sure he’s comfortable with it. When it comes to cutesy posts or tweets, why share it on social media when you could just call or text him?
Dealing With His Friends
After you’re dating, it’s perfectly acceptable to follow or add his friends on Twitter and Facebook. It’s a great way to build a rapport with them. However, don’t constantly retweet them or get carried away with posting on their wall. Of course your man wants you to get along with his pals, but remember you’re trying to date him, not his friends.
Admit it; have you ever committed one of these social media faux pas? Let us know in the comments.