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Ah, social media a wonderful way to connect with former acquaintances (while crying because everyone has a better life than you), rekindle old high school flames, stalk your ex boyfriend, stalk your ex boyfriends new girlfriend, stalk your potential new lover, stalk your potential new lovers friends, andokay Ill stop now.
These days, thanks to social media, your potential new lovers reputation arrives before they do, often messing with your chemistry before you go on a first date. Below are the top 10 ways social media can ruin your relationship before you even get the chance to.
1. Instagram Status
Before date one, you have to ask yourself a critical question: Will pictures of you and your hypothetical new lover be a hit on Instagram? If the answer is no, how can he possibly be the one?
2. Instagram Stalking
Before meeting up for the first time, you do the rational thing and commit to learning all about your potential new loverby cyber stalking, of course. Its all a blur but the next thing you know, you end up on his brothers girlfriends best friends cousins maids dogs pageand then youre back to his page accidentally liking a picture from 65 weeks ago because at this point youre totally delirious. You must then deactivate your account and start a new life in China.
Once, I stalked a potential lovers page by combing through the list of people he was following (yes, people do this). When I discovered his exs page, I felt like I hit the goldmine! I spent the next four straight hours stalking her. Unfortunately, since I was half asleep, I accidentally followed her! Then I freaked out and unfollowed her. But then I freaked out AGAIN and re-followed her because maybe shed already gotten a notification that Id followed her. Then I felt creepy and unfollowed her again. Next, I threw my phone on the floor and sat quietly on my couch, staring at the wall and screaming internally while processing what had just happened.
3. Sluts on Instagram
Modeling contracts have officially been replaced by self-congratulatory Instagram bios, which not-so-subtly boast titles like fitness model, fashion connoisseur, lingerie model, and so on. Thanks to Instagram filters, plenty of Photoshop apps, and numerous amateur photographers, anyone can now be an Instagram model (something I totally aspire to until I put a bathing suit on and then Im like NVM). These Instagram models are ubiquitous, so rest assured that your boyfriend (or someone you consider your boyfriend even if he doesnt know it yet) follows them all. A perfect example is Jen Selter:
Butt who cares, right? Guess what your boyfriend does.
4. Not Liking Your Pictures On Instagram
Youve been talking for a week now and you really feel like he might be the one. You decide to spice things up by posting a fire selfie so he knows just what a beautiful trophy wife youll make one day. You take 75 pictures and narrow it down to the perfect shot and then Photoshop that shit, slap 13 filters on it, and run it by all your friends for approval before posting.
Youre ready for that key like from the guy youre seriously dating (even if he doesnt know it yet). If youre lucky, you might even get a comment. So now you wait (youre patient like that). And wait. But nothing! He doesnt like it, and he doesnt comment. You question whether you should have chosen another picture, but then you stop yourself and laugh it off because hes probably busy and hasnt been on Instagram that day. Two minutes later, you throw that optimism out the window and decide to stalk him to see whether hes liking anyone elses pictures, which brings us to the next topic.
5. Likes And Comments On Instagram
Just when you think everything is going swell with your potential new lover, you open up Instagram, click on the activity page, and boomyou see that your future baby daddy has been liking pictures of Instagram models and commenting that Margret sure looks wonderful in her undies instead of liking your picture. WTF! Obviously, the next logical step is to stalk Margret, cry for two hours while shoving comfort food down your throat, and send screenshots to your friends weeping over what a cheater your man is (even though you havent even gone on your first date yet).
6. Not Posting Pictures With You On Instagram
Youve now been on two dates with your potential new lover, and you think hell do just fine. You actually dont even know if you like him yet, but heyits the holidays and it sure would suck to spend them alone. You notice that Janet has a ton of pictures on Instagram with her boyfriend (granted, theyve been dating for five years, but so fucking what!). Its not about Janet, its about youand youre tired of only posting pictures with your cat.
You start stalking the pages of anyone whos ever appeared in a photo with your potential new lover because you happen to have five hours to spare. Five hours later, youve convinced yourself that hes slept with any girl hes ever posted a picture with, including his third cousin, Becky. What is he hiding? Why hasnt he posted any pictures of you two?! The obvious, logical next step is to text him a 10-paragraph essay about your feelings, because you have every right to be upset right?? Right!