I detest the monster Facebook has become and the ever annoying presence of social media in my life (BTW, I recognize the irony as I type this on Tumblr). Everyone and their mother is on their cell phones 24/7 and it’s driving me crazy.
My SO, who is very technology dependent, constantly insists we pose for photos so she can upload them to Facebook or Instagram. I, however, hate this and deplore the current social standard of uploading “glamorous” pictures so my girlfriend can do what women for thousands of years have done: one-up and brag to her female friends. In order to retain some privacy and mitigate the annoyance of posing for pictures, I came up with the following rules for when we’re at weddings and formal events:
1) No couple selfies. Ever.
2) She has a 12 photo maximum. There is a maximum of four locations (dinner, bar, dance floor, etc.) with a max of 3 photos at each location.
3) She is guaranteed one picture to upload to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.; however, I have final approval. If I like all the pics then all 12 can be approved.
4) All photos at a single location must be taken in the span of a minute.
Surprisingly, she agreed to these with little push back. Is this too controlling? Yes, probably. But it works for us.