When it comes to relationships, you don't want to be her.
You don't want to be him either.
This is something that has been bugging the absolute hell out of me more recently: EDA, short for Electronic Display of Affection. I first read this term on Cleveland's a Plum, and it couldn't be more true. We saw PDA all the time in high school: those couples who would always hang out by the lockers before school. They wouldn't leave each other alone. Usually it was the girlfriend hanging onto the arm of the boyfriend, as if she were *literally* a ball and chain.
It made me sick then, and it makes me even more repulsed now because I have to view it on Facebook and Twitter. This is not speaking out against relationships by any means. I'm all for HEALTHY relationships. I'm not talking about anyone in particular (seriously, there are too many people like this out there that I couldn't single anyone out, dating as far back as middle school). I'm happy you're in a relationship and I'm not some jealous jerk, I just happen to believe that EDA is an incredibly rude breach of internet etiquette.
It's not just incredibly rude, but incredibly obnoxious. This is different from being married, engaged, in a relationship or taking pictures with your significant other at events and posting them on Facebook. This is uploading all your Photo Booth pictures of each other into multiple annoying albums, basically waving and flaunting your relationship in our faces. The best archetypes for these types of people are featured on one of my favorite TV shows, The Office, more specifically the characters Kelly Kapoor and Michael Scott.
If you don't know Kelly and Michael, they're what's known as "Stage 5 Clingers," the type who is in love after dating someone for two days, the type who doesn't leave their significant other's side, the type who buys a trip to Sandals, Jamaica and proposes after only 4 dates. Furthermore, they seem to be in denial about their happiness, because there is always some sort of drama surrounding their relationship. If everything isn't perfectly lovey-dovey, the internet universe is the first to know about just how angry they are at their boyfriend/girlfriend. They try SO hard to make their relationship seem like something out of The Notebook. But God forbid they ever break up, because they'll do almost anything to keep their dysfunctional relationship in-tact.
They'll even go so far as to fake a pregnancy (the girls, at least). Now, ask yourself: Do you want to be "that guy/girl?" Do you want to date "that guy/girl?" My answer is "Hell no!" (Granted, I also wouldn't want the type of relationship where they play "who can hate the other one the most so they have the power?" but that's for another time)
Of course, if Armageddon (breaking up) DOES happen, for the next month, the person will wander aimlessly through life, horrendously depressed and thinking no one will ever love them ever again as long as they live, until they latch on, like a leech, to the next thing that shows any little bit of interest in them. Then, the Stage 5 Clingy + EDA process repeats itself. These people get their self-esteem through their significant others and through having those significant others, they don't understand the concept of "independent happiness." They literally don't know HOW to be single or be happy without seeking the attention of someone else.
Here's the real truth about these types: They think they're happy, but they're really in denial because if they were happy, they wouldn't have to tell everyone how happy they are. They wouldn't have to flaunt it publicly like they're the "it" couple, because if they were happy, they wouldn't have to do that. By telling us how happy they are out loud and in the open, they're trying to talk themselves into how happy they are.
And that's incredibly sad, because when everything unravels, we can all see it and we get a weird satisfaction out of it because we saw it coming a long time ago. But whatever, those types will continue to believe that us happy people are just bitter and jealous. It couldn't be further from the truth. We're not jealous, we're annoyed.
Bottom line: Whether it's in public in real life, or electronically through the internet: GET A ROOM. kthx.