How To: Avoid Oversharing About Your Love Life on Social Media

By Dee Rene, Copy Cutie

credit: Sean MacEntee (flickr)Remember all those Facebook posts about your last relationship? It was great! Remember having to take down all the photos when you broke up? Err, not so great.

When it comes to social media, less is always more. More sanity for you in the end and more chance that you can move in and out of dating experiences without answering to 1,000 Facebook friends or Twitter followers.

Here are a few quick tips to help you avoid oversharing:

Keep it ambiguous.  No one should be able to replay your entire relationship to you as though they read it in the morning paper. Keep the details of your dates, feelings, and partner as general as possible. Instead of giving a play by play of your ups and downs, keep your social media posts general and ambiguous. That way the only people who know about the day-to-day deets of your relationship are the two people that matter most – you and your partner.

Avoid connecting on social media with your date.  Here’s the tweet: “Out with @mydate1 and having a great time.” Unfortunately, @mydate1 tweets a few hours later – “date 1 is done, on to date two! More excited about date 2!” How would you feel? But remember – this is dating. We know the other person is dating others just as we are, but that doesn’t mean we wanna read about it. Before you know it you’ll be on your timeline ranting about @mydate1 and causing a Twitter scene! Hold off on connecting on social media until you have something solid.

Wait until it’s serious.  This is the golden rule. You never want to be the friend who’s in love with someone on Monday, hates them on Tuesday, and out with someone new 2 days later. That’s unfortunately how dating goes – a constant up and down until you find the right one. To avoid looking like you have relationship ADHD, wait until it’s serious before you tell the world how great it’s going.  

No sex talk. Ever.  Unless you’re a sex therapist, under no circumstances does anyone care to know you just had the best climax of your life this weekend or didn’t get any sex at all. Although other details of your relationship can be shared with discretion, your sex life is definitely one you want to keep super private!

What about you? Do you have any other tips to avoid oversharing your love life on social media?