Facedating: How To Politely Decline a Facebook Request
I recently went on a few dates with a young woman and after the third date she found me on Facebook and sent a friend request. It's not as if I have any highly incriminating photos of me tongue kissing a Labradoodle (on Facebook), but it is quite a window into what I'm doing in any given week. I like this young lady but don't yet know if there is long term potential so I'm reluctant to give her that kind of access to my virtual world. How do I explain this to her without offending her interest? Also, at what point do you think it is appropriate to make a friend request of somebody you're dating?
Virtual Commitment Issues
Oh, your precious virtual world needs protecting, does it? From all the Labradoodles dry humping the internet? Well, how do you think this poor girl you're dating feels, reaching out for you in the dark like a raccoon or a bat with really poor night vision for some reason, while you rattle on and on about Arcade Fire and share pictures of your breakfast scuffins (Not quite a scone, not quite a muffin!) to three hundred of your closest "friends"?
The easiest (read: passive-aggressive) way to decline a new luvvah's friend request is simply to ignore it. If they bring it up (and you know they will) you're allowed to act surprised! And say that you're "never on there" or that you "only use it for family and close friends" or "je suis desolee, mon petit chou fleur" - they'll either be confused or turned on by the reference to cauliflower, and either way, you'll be off the hook. Be careful though. The consequences of ignoring a "datey" friend request that has the potential to go somewhere are greater than with a careless fling with a guy who blogs about roosters that you hope to never see again. You could, alternately, accept their request and then make your privacy settings for said person strong enough so that you're basically stalk-blocking them. Here's a link to managing your privacy settings. Don't say I never did anything for you.
As to how long one should wait to send a friend request, the consensus is at least four dates or after a month -- whatever comes first. That's what she said. On Facebook. It's not like I know her or anything.