Consumer Watch: Digital guidelines for Valentine's Day

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 8 at 6:21 PM

(WHAS11) -- Whether you are still looking for a special someone, or about to celebrate Valentine's Day in style with your sweetheart, there are some digital do's and don'ts to keep in mind.

Thanks to social media, the details of budding relationships can quickly be amplified through an entire list of connections and that can really make or break a relationship. Online etiquette expert Julie Spira says with courtship getting digital, it's created a new list of do's and don't's. For example, on a first date, do put that smartphone down.

“It sends a bad message to your date, that maybe there's someone more important than the person sitting across the table from you,” Spira said.

Don't post all of those early date details on Twitter or Facebook.

“In the early stages of a relationship, share very little about what's going on with your new beau. The reason is, you're dating people, he's dating people, we don't know how many people each other is dating until you've become exclusive and of course had that talk," Spira said.

For those in a relationship on Valentine's Day, don't lose friends and followers by over-sharing.

“If you're posting every hour your play-by-play about your romantic rendezvous -- arriving at the hotel, seeing the flowers in the room, going to dinner, sipping champagne -- you know, it tends to be a little too much,” Spira said.

And do keep in mind who might be on your sweetheart's list of Facebook friends--co-workers, a boss, family members, even parents. Those wall posts you think are sweet could be downright embarrassing to your Valentine.

If you have a consumer issue you would like us to look into send an e-mail to consumerwatch@whas11.com.
 

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