Public breakups are the living worst! #3 just proves it.
It goes without saying that a breakup (especially if it isn't mutual) is sometimes super messy. But when you add Facebook into the mix, that's when things can get a little more tricky. In today's age of social media, you can't go one second without being hit with selfies, statuses that share WAY too much information, and the occasional picture of an adorable puppy (we're totally down with that!).
So it only makes sense that after dating for so long, having a public breakup on Facebook (for all to see and comment on) can be pretty jarring.
Let's be totally honest here. There's no denying that we've all been guilty of creeping our ex's facebook pages just to see if we're mentioned or camping out for the sole purpose of figuring out if he has a new girlfriend. But that's one of the major reasons why it's super important to understand the do's and don'ts of breaking up on Facebook.
It may sound totally strange but having good Facebook manners (something that Timmy and Alice clearly don't have) can lead to an amicable breakup instead of one that is seriously the WORST.
From putting your business out in the open to writing cryptic statuses, there are definitely certain things that you just shouldn't do. It doesn't take a rocket science to see why Timmy and Alice are pretty much doomed from the start. Honestly, they prove that Facebook should just be considered the biggest test for all relationships.
Ugh, breaking up is SO hard to do.
Sometimes, when you share everything about your relationship online, it ends up coming back to haunt you once it's all over. After all, there's nothing worse than a lover scorned...But that doesn't mean that we'll stop creeping our exes pages anytime soon—After all, we're only human!
Have you ever made any of these faux-pas? Let us know in the comments below!
Meet Alice. She has just arrived home from a hard day at work. She switches on her computing machine and looks to see what her friends have been up to on Facebook, the electric friendship generator.
First, she checks in to see what Timmy’s been up to. Alice and Timmy have been going steady for six months and she thinks he's a real swell guy. Alice hasn't spoken to Timmy since last evening and can't wait to see what his day was like.
At 2:05 this morning, Timmy changed his relationship status from "in a relationship" to "single”.
Even more curious, he became friends with Donna Whitehouse at 2:07 a.m.
Timmy just bungled rule #1 of Facebook relationship etiquette: Don't change your relationship status without consulting the other person. What a dope.
Alice decides there must be some sort of mistake; the Timmy she knows would never
disregard her feelings this way. She sends him a note to see if it was a mistake.
Alice waits and waits and waits.
Alice is tired of waiting so she decides to stick it to Timmy. She uploads and tags a few embarrassing photographs of Timmy. Timmy may have a hard time making new friends when they see that he likes to dress up in Alice's undergarments. Those photographs sure are funny.
But Alice just broke Facebook relationship etiquette rule #2:
Don't post embarrassing photographs of other people.
Shame on you, Alice. It's okay, we all make mistakes. It looks like Timmy has posted some messages on Alice's wall.
"I can't believe you posted those photos of me! Sorry for being such a square. Baby, are you there? By the way, it was just a regular rash." TMI Timmy, you've just broken Facebook relationship etiquette rule #3:
Be discreet when posting messages on another person's wall. Alice doesn't take the bait. She removes Timmy's posts and tries to move on with her life.
That’s interesting. Timmy has been very busy on Facebook making friends with all of Alice’s friends. Who would wanna be pals with a roadie jodie like Timmy?
He has violated Facebook relationship rule #4: Don't steal other people's friends.
Cool it, Alice. No one's going to date you if you get frown lines.
Alice is fed up so she creates a group called Timmy Gordon’s a real wet blanket. According to the group’s description, Timmy cries over spilt milk. Timmy buys things not made in the USA. Timmy wets the bed. And Timmy is a communist.
Be careful, Alice. This is clearly in violation of Facebook relationship rule #5:
Don't start hate groups. Nothing good can come of this.
What did I tell you, Alice?
Timmy is in the slammer and Alice is ashamed. All of this could have been avoided by following the simple rules of Facebook etiquette. Don't be bungle heads like Alice and Timmy. Have good Facebook manners and the electric friendship generator will be more fun for everyone.