There are many rules these days when it comes to dating, and even more when you throw Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and every other social medium into the mix. How soon is too soon to follow the guy you've been out with on social media?
After The Second Date
Cool it on the social media. Technically, you don’t even really know this person. We all know that people Google each other before they go on a first date (unless they’re on Catfish) but do you really want to hear about someone’s day via tweets and Facebook statuses when the goal of going on dates is to get to know that someone – in person? Unless you’re a high school senior with the ability to have your cell phone taken away when you’re grounded, Facebook and Twitter serve no purpose when you’re just getting to know someone.
When You’re Comfortable Saying You’re “Seeing Someone” But You’re Not Yet Ready To Be Exclusive
As long as you actually want to see this person again, go ahead and add them on Facebook. It could seem like a lot to offer up, but it’s an equal step for both parties since it requires friend requests – unlike Twitter, which is public and completely creepable. You both have to take a leap of faith that says “Since we’ve seen each other naked more than once, you can probably handle my embarrassing high school and college photos now.”
When You’re Exclusive With Someone
Go ahead, add them on Gchat and if it’s your thing, Snapchat. Gchat takes some of the pressure off of your interactions – fleeting instant messages in the middle of the day are easy and breezy. Just try not to narrate your day for the new person in your life; you should probably doing some work anyway, right? Snapchat is fun because it implies something a little naughty (after all, those images only last for five seconds, people), but it doesn’t require anything sexual. Just make sure you have an actual conversation with your new Snapchat buddy about whether or not they’re up for sexy pics before you opt for a topless (or bottomless) selfie over a clothed one.