It used to be that we’d gag if we saw a couple (especially a teenage couple) making out by a building or on the bus or at the movies. That was how it was when I was a teen – PDA came in a physical form.
But now, we have the electronic versions – the Facebooks, the MySpaces, the Twitters. They have become the new avenue for PDA – and they’re EVERYWHERE.
An “I love you” here and there on your significant other’s Facebook wall is acceptable and appropriate. Excited about a date? That’s cool. In fact, if you want to joke around every now and then and put something cutsey, that’s fine. But mushy and totally unnecessary? Gag me with a spoon and send it through the inbox.
Examples of real life Facebook PDA:
Husband, writing on his wife’s Facebook wall
“I just spent my day with the love of my life, my wife, my one and only, my true love.”
Then why do you feel the need to tell her?
Boyfriend to girlfriend:
“I love that when we’re mushy on Facebook, everyone can see.”
I hate you.
Also unacceptable: Every. Stinking. Status. Update. About. Your. Boyfriend/Girlfriend. We UNDERSTAND that you’re infatuated/in love/twitterpated/whatever. Believe it or not, we’re smarter than we look, and we don’t need an hourly update on how “in looooovvveee” you are.
Here’s something else that’s creepy: exes stalking. I have seen this happen with a friend of mine, who is dating a new boy, and her ex writes at least every other day on her wall. Stuff like, “I hope you have a wonderful day” and “You deserve the best, Sarah*.” She’s nicer than me. I would have blocked his derriere.
For now, I’m going to update my own Facebook status. What will it read?
Hmm…frankly, I’m not sure either.