A friend and I were talking not too long ago about how Instagram is the least annoying social media site. Facebook is overrun with racist comments and pictures of your friends' fetuses. Twitter is a depressing lesson in homophobia. And Pinterest is one giant, bored housewife party, where the theme is "Look at my asshole!"
But your problem is much less dire than the routine social media stabbings that are now unfortunately branded in my brain, SMRL, so let’s focus on that. Your boyfriend’s Instagram stalker-crush is inappropriate and mildly annoying, I’m sure, but hardly a threat to your relationship or a life-ruiner, as your sign-off implies. They are strangers, after all. And her crimes thus far are confined to pixels on a screen, right? You could try playing the mediator and reach out to her yourself, explaining that you are his girlfriend and that her behavior is unwelcome. You never know, your correspondence might be enough to curb her internet crush. Or she might tell you, “Mind your own beeswax!” (the ultimate insult for 3rd-graders, which is also, coincidentally, around the age one should stop writing one’s crush’s name with hearts in public places).
On a positive note though, kudos to you for airing your feelings to your boyfriend. At least one study has shown that people who talk about their jealousy and social media “creeping” with their partners feel more satisfied and secure than those who avoid talking about it (and then later stab them).
If her behavior escalates--if she starts emailing or texting or infiltrating other social media spheres--then I’d probably bring it up with your boyfriend again, reiterating that it gives you the willies and asking if it’s really that important for this one girl to like his pictures of coffee foam. But as it is now, I’d try to let it go. And remember that, while any internet rando may “heart” your boyfriend’s sepia-toned Chicago skyline pics, his actual heart belongs to you.
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