The Teenager’s Definitive Guide to Social Media Don’ts

You’re only as relevant as you are clued in. Don’t be a social pariah–avoid the hellscape of awkward behavior and secondhand embarrassment by never, ever breaking these ironclad rules.

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Don’t Unlike

Never unlike an accidental deep like on Instagram, no matter how old the post. If your stalkee has push notifications set up, it only makes it worse.

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Never Nudes

Never send nudes, even to your bae, because they’re the ones who leak them.

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Facebook + Personal = Bad Idea

Never post anything personal to your Facebook wall. Or anyone else’s for that matter. Only snitches and teachers look at Facebook.

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No Public/Personal Cross-Posts

Never post something on your Snapchat story and also use it in a private message to someone you care about–it’s insulting.

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No Foodstagram

Never post food on your Instagram. Nobody cares, and only old people do it. Food on Snapchat is OK though.

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Never Screengrab

Never screengrab a Snapchat, especially not a private snap, because the app will tell the sender and it’s awkward, or worse, shady.

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No Boring Selfies

Never post boring back-to-back selfies. Selfies to prove Miles Teller was eating at your restaurant are admissible, as are vacation selfies if you’re traveling somewhere beautiful.

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Don’t Be Selfie-ish

Never hold up your entire group of friends in real life trying to capture a perfect Instagram pose. Nobody cares.

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ODR Not OK

Never ODR (open don’t reply) on Snapchat. Unless someone ODRs you first. If they ODR you first, wait double the length of time they ODR’d you before snapping them back.

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Don’t Oversnap

Never double-snap anyone you’re interested in. It lacks chill.

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Recent Posts Only

Never like and comment on a bunch of old posts to show interest. It means you’re a total stalker and will have to be ignored. Only like or comment on their most recent post. Obviously.

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Parents Must Lurk, Not Comment

Bonus rule for parents of teens: Never comment on your teen’s page without asking permission or else it will be deleted. Your kid will feel bad, but you will have had it coming.

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