Rules For Navigating Social Media While In a Relationship (CC: Rob Kardashian)
Another day, another man scorned on Twitter. Rob Kardashian managed to make Rita Ora a trending topic after accusing her of cheating on him with 20 different men. In just a matter of minutes, she went from RocNation's pretty princess to suspected swindler, exposed to the harsh comments of Twitter addicts everywhere. Whether the accusations are true or not, we can't help but sympathize with Rita. No one deserves to have their personal business aired out by someone else—especially by an ex-boyfriend. Boo'd up vixens should tread lightly when it comes to social media. If you don't, you could be the subject of unwanted attention. - Nicole Brown
The course to cyberspace harmony never runs smooth, but these rules could help:
1. Stay Connected
Those in a serious relationship should definitely be Facebook friends and Twitter/Instagram followers of each other. If he has a problem with any of the above, consider it a HUGE red flag.
2. Keep The Likes To A Minimum
It's wonderful that you think your boyfriend is the best thing since sliced apple pie; however, that should've be announced every day. If you retweet and/or comment on every single social media move he makes, you look desperate and bored. Commentators will also mistake you for a stalker: no bueno.
3. Keep Your Spats Private
While it is sometimes hilarious to watch couples air out their dirty laundry on our timelines, the fact is neither of you knows how to resolve anything in an adult way. You're just a tweet or status away from an embarrassing break-up.
4. Check It Before You Change It
Every girl loves the moment they can change their relationship status from "single" to "In a relationship with _____." And every girl hates the moment their request is denied. 1.) Don't change your online status unless you're sure this is the real deal and 2.) Make sure your man is on board with the idea. Don't be stupid.
5. Let The Past Stay In The Past
Yes, we get it. Not everygirl hates their ex-boyfriend. Sometimes you stay connected as friends. But, please: make your new significant other aware of this and alert your ex that there will be no reunion with you.
6. Remember Everything's Permanent
That picture of you backing it up on a handsome stranger during a girl's night out will live in cyberspace forever. Sure, you meant no harm, but your man may think otherwise when he sees it. Be aware of the things you say and post—those bad choices will always come back to haunt you.
7. Don't Get Mad If He Doesn't See Your Tweet or Comment
So you're one of those girls that likes to tweet sweet nothings to your love throughout the day? Please don't get mad when he doesn't respond right away (or at all). He had a life before you and will continue to have one now. Assume he hasn't seen it instead of jumping to conclusions.
8. Don't Get Addicted
If you spend your entire day on the computer, you will become obsessed with your boyfriend's online activities. This also leads to stalker behavior (refer back to rule #2)
9. Don't Accept Your Ex's Friend Request Unless...
you both agree that their is no interest in a romantic relationship and your current beau is OK with it. You've opened up a whole other can of worms if you feel otherwise.
10. Don't Flirt
This is common knowledge. The only man you should be flirting with is your own. If you want to bat your eyelashes at someone new: stay single.