The do’s and don’ts of social media relationships

By Krystyne Jones

Social Media — we can’t live with it and we can’t live without it.  Since its beginning stages, social media has not only changed how we interact with each other but how we function through our daily routines. From Facebook to Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram, social networks have expanded in numerous ways and become an important factor in our everyday lives. Instead of picking up a newspaper, we can easily tap into our smart phones and check the latest news, weather updates and even chat it up with a friend.  Although social networks have helped make our lives easier, they have also become somewhat of a burden.  There are certain aspects of social media that come with rules and guidelines, like relationships. Pay close attention, you could learn a thing or two from some of these advice tips.

Relationship Don’t:  Every aspect of your relationship is not meant to be online.  I’m sure we’ve all seen it before. There’s always that one couple that shares just a tad bit too much information via web.  There’s nothing wrong with being excited about your relationship. However, if people begin to know the reasons behind all of your arguments, you’re sharing too much.  Keep it private.

Relationship Do: Showing your relationship status. This seems pretty simple right? If you’re in a committed relationship, and you both actively use social media, update your relationship. This avoids confusion about your availability.

Relationship Don’t: Breaking up should never be done online.  It doesn’t get any clearer than this. A relationship should never end by receiving an instant message saying “it’s over. “  Just break up the old fashioned way. Do it in person.

Relationship Do: Try to avoid Social Media Relationships all together.  Social Media and relationships can be fun if they’re handled the right way. But, relationships can be even better if they only involve two people vs. the world.  Post a few pictures of your sweetheart and leave it at that. It’s more fun if you keep people guessing anyway.  Remember, it’s never good to kiss & tell.

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