Not sure if you caught it but there was an interesting article in the New York Times the other day that covers a subject many of us probably rarely think about: social media etiquette for couples. If you're active on Twitter and Facebook, you probably already know how to behave in a way that won't anger your employer or family but have you considered how your significant other feels when you mention them in your tweets? Would you be absolutely mortified if your husband shared an unflattering photo of you with a mud mask caked on your face? NYT writes "Relationships are hard enough. But the rise of social media — where sharing private moments is encouraged, and provocative and confessional postings can help build a following — has created a new source of friction for couples: what is fair game for sharing with the world?"
Read the article for the whole picture but it looks at how social media has changed our relationships, turning something simple like a business trip into a wife's worry that the Internet at large will know she is home alone or causing couples to create rules about what sort of pictures they're willing to share on Flickr.
At the end of the day, it comes down to the couple and how comfortable each person is with the details of their life being broadcast to the Internet at large. This isn't a Facebook-specific problem either; before the Internet, couples had to decide which details to include in their yearly Christmas letter or what life events to share by phone with friends and family. The scale may be larger but the fundamental idea is the same.
So, have you discussed what you don't want your partner sharing on Facebook without your consent or do you care at all? Has this come up for anyone out there?
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