You steer clear of unrealistic pressures
So, you've been seeing a guy. You make plans together three times a week and you've met his parents. But he never asked you to be in a Facebook relationship, so are you even officially dating?!
Please stop this nonsense. A stupid link that virtually connects your profile to your partner's should NOT hold that much weight. It puts unnecessary pressure on the relationship. If he calls you his girlfriend, takes you on dates, and likes your company in real life, then congratulations. You're dating!
Speaking of "likes," it’s a sad-but-true reality that the "likes" we get on Instagram and Facebook directly correlate with our feelings of self-worth. So if you share something really special on social media (i.e., your relationship), you'll naturally take the feedback to heart.
"Why'd our vacation album only get one comment?" "Why hasn't my boyfriend even liked our photos yet?" Consider this: all it takes to "like" something is a mindless click of a mouse. Measuring your partner’s devotion by his level of social media interaction with you can cause resentment... especially if he’s a private person and doesn't think of it that way. (In which case, he sounds like a keeper!)
You keep exes out of your business
Do you really want to give ex-flames an open invite to track your love life? Even if you're foaming at the bit to post a make-out sesh photo to rub in your cheating ex's face, it's still ill-advised. Stirring the pot with jealousy-inducing posts encourages stalker-like conduct. You might THINK you want your ex to be envious of your newfound happiness, but envious people tend to do audacious things without thinking. You know, like message you and try to sabotage things -- or worse, accost the SO you decided to tag in the photo. This could cause severe disruption to a budding relationship.
Also, be extra careful broadcasting your current romance if you're in the midst of a divorce or separation. Anything you say (or post) can (and most likely will) be used against you in a court of law.
The takeaway: if you’re truly happy and secure in your new relationship, you shouldn't care what your ex thinks. Actually, you shouldn't think about them at all.