Visit a legal document site and you’re apt to find just about anything. But an item that’s becoming increasingly popular of late is the social media prenup.
It’s a document couples sign that dictates what they can and can’t post, tweet, or share about each other. ABC News recently picked up on the trend, and pointed out that saying what a person can’t do can be a risky move.
Is it really necessary and, more important, what’s at the core of its popularity?
Critics suggest that a couple that needs such an agreement probably has bigger issues, but people say the same about folks who draw up “regular” prenups. While it’s a good idea to have a social media guru at the helm if you’re a business owner, do you really need a legally binding agreement to make sure your significant other tags you only in the most flattering photos?
According to many social media professionals, you might as well save your money and exercise basic courtesy.
Be nice on social media
Most people know when a photo isn’t flattering, but they’ll usually tag it anyway. In other cases, a person may look at him- or herself in a photo and doesn’t think about it from anyone else’s perspective.
Consider it from that aspect before you post no-makeup pics, swimsuit photos, or a first photo of the morning shot, no matter who it is. If you wouldn’t want it done to you, don’t do it to someone else. Too often, people forget to observe the golden rule on social media.
The same thing goes for posting private information, even if you don’t explicitly name the person. People aren’t stupid, and they can infer (correctly or not) a lot of things from your “cryptic” comments.
Keep your personal life to yourself, don’t air your dirty laundry, and remember that screen shots ensure that once something’s online, it’s there for good.
Keep emotions in check
Posting while angry or frustrated can lead you into a lot of trouble. Keep your fights offline, and remember that your sense of humor won’t necessarily appeal to everyone.
You might come off as rude, childish, or immature, and you drag other people into your personal life. Even if you apologize online, you’ll mainly be putting cracks in the foundation of your relationship for all to see, and providing free entertainment.
It’s unfortunate that people have perceived a need for a social media prenup, but it’s not Mt. Everest: You don’t have to obtain it just because it’s there.