Despite the fact that about one in five relationships are born of online dating, using the interwebs and apps to put information about your relationship is still an etiquette experiment in progress.
It is quite easy to brag or complain, especially when a Snapchat snap or an Instagram story update goes away in 24 hours, but that doesn’t make it a good idea. Here are four things about your relationship, that dating experts agree you should keep off social media.
Scantily clad pics of your partner
Sexting can be a fun way to entice your partner when they’ve been stressed out at work or you’ve both been too busy for intimacy, but those pictures should never find their way to your social media pages.
There’s a lot of trust built between couples who share racy photos, and breaking that is dangerous for the longevity of your relationship. Your partner may be hot, but that doesn’t give you the permission to post private pics of him or her for the world to see. Keep this part of your relationship between the two of you and in the bedroom.
Broadcasting every little detail
Being content and secure in your relationship means you don’t need to give a play-by-play account for the world to bare witness. When you’re in a satisfying couplehood, you should prefer to keep the little details to yourselves, where they often mean more.
Partners in a healthy relationship know that there’s value in the private moments that no one else gets to know about. Sharing too much can take away the special feel of your relationship. Broadcasting every moment that you spend with your partner may be a sign that your relationship is lacking, and that you need to reevaluate your situation.
While you’re ecstatic about the luxurious gift your partner just gave you, it can come across ad shallow and ungrateful to friends who are living from hand to mouth. Everyone is on different budgets and if your partner is buying expensive gifts for you and you’re posting pictures of the latest acquisition, it can be a turn off for people.
A lot of people are struggling financially, and they look to social media to get cheered up, so seeing posts of things they can’t afford may come off as superficial.
Spare everyone the details, which are more likely to be sour. If you and your partner break up, the emotional mess is enough to clean up without having to field comments and advice from people on social media.
Keep it simple. If it’s over, it’s over. Posting about how you got dumped shouldn’t be public knowledge. Just change your relationship status to ‘Single’ when and if you call it quits to signal that you’re on the market again. Keep the details to yourself.