Young love! Starting a new relationship can be so exciting -- you found another person with whom you share a special, wonderful bond, and you're basking in happiness. It's all you can think about. You can't wait to tell the world!
Well, you should be doing the exact opposite of that. Thanks to Mark Zuckerberg and his myriad social media counterparts, it's all too easy today to publicize every minute detail of our lives -- even the personal stuff. And unless you're a cast member on Sister Wives, an intimate relationship is comprised of TWO people: you and your partner. Notice how I didn't also list your 985 Facebook friends? While I understand wanting to share a blissful romance with everyone you know, below I shall allocate why you shouldn't -- and how making your private life public can do more harm than good.
You avoid false validation
Everyone knows that omnipresent couple on social media... and everyone hates them. They upload incessant "usies" that all look the same, banter about last night's amazinggg dinner via Facebook comments, and post "I love you babe" on each other's walls. Yes, you're aware that this advertised version of their relationship is all smoke and mirrors, but it's hard to constantly remind yourself of that.