15 Things You Should NOT Do Online While Dating

You’re taken. You’re in love. And you want everyone to know. That’s not a crime per se, but all we ask is that you stick CollegeCandy’s Rules for Using Social Media While Dating. It’s just a few simple guidelines to stick to while online and in that awesome relationship — you know, as requested by every Facebook friend and Twitter follower you have and don’t want to lose. It’s all common knowledge — or so we thought.

Before you go diving into our 15 don’ts for dating folks, you should know: the people who agree with this only want what’s best for you. We set these rules in virtual stone not because we actually want you two to break up, but because we want the two of you to truly enjoy your relationship. In private.

That’s right, we’re sick of your sickening PDA.

It’s not that we’re jealous of the love between you two. We’re not. In fact, your attempts to make us jealous is actually what’s so nauseating. Maybe you’re low on text messages every month or you’re trying to make sure all his female acquaintances know he’s truly taken, but there are other ways to stake your claim and express your affections for your main squeeze. That’s what Profile Pictures and Gchat are for.

But social media etiquette isn’t just about keeping your cutesy nicknames and photo recaps of your dinner dates under control for the sake of your immediate network. Messy activity online can damage your closest friendships, your future career and — gasp! — the magical romance itself. If you want to stay followed by your Friends — and in a relationship at all, for that matter — don’t get caught doing the following online, for all our sakes:

CollegeCandy’s Rules for Using Social Media While Dating is currently taking suggestions for more annoying crap that couples flood your feeds with. Submit your rules below — your own present/future bed buddies will thank you.

Ashley is a UC San Diego grad who is holding on way too tightly to a potential career in magazines and goes to Vegas all too often. She’s fascinated with celebrities and strawberry beer and doubles as a pathological texter/emailer/blogger. Feed the addiction with tweets @cashleelee. Thanks in advance.

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