When you’re out walking around in the world, it’s easy to ignore unnecessary PDA. You can turn your head, snicker, make a few jokes and then move on with your life. On social media, however, the entire game changes.
You can move past the photo, roll your eyes, screenshot it and text your friend to make a joke, but the picture is still there, ever-present on social media.
Worse yet, if it's the individual's profile picture, you will have to see the tiny version of the excessive PDA whenever this person feels the need to open his or her social media mouth.
Such forces the question, what constitutes social media PDA and is it that bad? My answer is, yes.
Some individuals go around thinking that the world wants to view every nauseatingly perfect aspect of their relationships. It's as if pictures prove a person's dominance of unsuccessful relationships and all the single ladies. However, it's the exact opposite.
One of my friends put it into perspective for me when she said we will either marry or break up with everyone we date. Relationships are scary, but you are in them for however long you are because they make you happy. The second your partner stops making you happy, you need to leave.
My point is unless you are going to marry the person you’re dating in high school or college, don’t make a fool of yourself by posting pictures of the two of you every day. Love your partner, post the occasional photo and be happy because if or when you do break up, the process of deleting all the pictures will be even more grueling.
If you think about it, Snow White didn’t take a selfie of Prince Charming’s wake-up kiss, so you and your hubby should probably cool it. Still not convinced? Here are the absolute worst types of social media PDA:
Call me old-fashioned, but I believe cheek kisses can turn out to be adorable pictures, but full-on make-out sessions never do. You probably think there’s so much passion behind the kiss, but that kiss is actually making everyone feel incredibly uncomfortable.
The photo usually follows with a cheesy quote about being in love or staying together forever. I think I speak for most when I say don’t default this pic, and don’t even think about adding some effects and fake hearts around the picture.
2. Screenshot Text Convo
Even if your boyfriend comments a heart or “I love you” on the photo, he’s secretly wondering why you publicly need to show the world how he lost his male parts. Leave the poor guy his dignity and keep the mushy stuff between the two of you.
3. WCW or MCM
This trend is a tricky one. There is an acceptable way to post a Man Crush Monday picture, but if you’re posting your boyfriend as your #MCM every week, that is not okay.
It’s awesome that you’re still in love and crushing each other after 52 weeks, but on the first week he isn’t your #MCM, it’s going to be really obvious you’re single.
4. James + Laura Forever
Do people still do this? Leaving a mark of your love definitely should not be a thing anymore. Just stop it.
Hashtags can take a cute and adorable picture and completely ruin it. Girls that post #cute, #love or #perfectboyfriend under any photo is only inducing #vom in your followers. We don’t care if your boyfriend is perfect because chances are he’s probably not.
Noah and Allie from "The Notebook" are the cutest couple of all time, and even they fought. We need to stop believing that one disagreement is a weakness in a relationship and understand our significant others are not perfect. They’re not even a little perfect, but the beautiful thing is, we still love them. Love isn’t always cute or Instagram worthy; love is real.
The next time in your life when it will be socially acceptable to take extreme PDA photos is on your wedding day. Until then, chill out and just embrace the quirks of your lovely counterpart.
If you really can’t resist the next #MCM, post an embarrassing picture of your boyfriend trying to put on your heels while he’s drunk. You’ll get a lot more respect for that one.