How much should the world be involved in your romantic life?
If someone looked at your Facebook page right now, what would your relationship status be listed as? Is it accurate? If someone were to comb through your photos, how many would feature a significant other? How often are they tagged in your statuses? How often do you tweet at them or tag them on Instagram? There is no right answer to any of these questions. That said, they might provide a helpful barometer when it comes to discovering how much may be too much to post about your relationships. It’s no secret we live in a more transparent world than ever. You need look no further than any celebrity gossip magazine or website to know just how much we know about other people’s sex lives.
This is not a new phenomenon. People have been attracted to information and gossip (sometimes slander) involving the bedrooms of others since before bedrooms were invented. The difference now is the speed at which information travels—and how far it can get.
Your social media is just that, yours. No one can tell you how public or private to be with it. However, it may be important to look at it with an ever increasingly critical eye, especially when it comes to relationships. Why? Well there’s the obvious: relationships can be very private, they can be tumultuous, and they are notoriously fickle. And there are other reasons: you may get inundated with uninvited criticism, you may break up and leave a very emotional online footprint and- perhaps the most important- you are publicly saying things about someone else. While this person may love you, they may not love having their dirty laundry exposed for likes. We now live in the day and age when a new relationship means a conversation about exclusivity, interests, habits, and now, internet privacy.