Stalking – real life stalking, when you follow a person around or watch their every move – is bad. You should never do it because it’s creepy, it’s scary, it’s not good for you mentally and, oh yeah, it’s illegal. But Facebook stalking? It’s a much more harmless way of keeping tabs on a person without acting too crazy. In fact, some would even argue that Facebook stalking is perfectly acceptable because people make a Facebook so others will know more about their lives – why not take advantage of that?
I have admitted it before and I’ll admit it now: I’m a Facebook stalker. Yes, I FB stalk my crushes and my boyfriend (and maybe once in a while my ex-boyfriends), but I’m also not afraid to FB stalk my friends or my little sister and brother. I’m not really ashamed. We have all Facebook stalked – yes, even those people who might comment here saying it’s pathetic – at some point. It’s normal.
While it’s usually pretty harmless, Facebook stalking can get messy quickly. There are some things you just can’t do, you know? Don’t get weird with it. Here are the 10 do’s and don’ts of Facebook stalking your crush. Because if you’re going to do it, you might as well do it responsibly.
DO Add Him If You WantSometimes I get emails from you guys asking things like, "Is it okay to add my crush on Facebook?" Of course it is! In fact, it's probably the easiest way to make a move ever. There's nothing weird about adding someone on Facebook, so go ahead and add your little heart out. Source: ShutterStock
DON'T Make A Fake Profile To Add HimJust... don't. I know a few people who have done this and it's, there's no other word for this, creepy. Everything about it. Doing this crosses the line. Source: ShutterStock
DO Facebook Stalk Once In A WhileLike I said, looking at your crushes page once in a while is fine. Scanning through his stuff from the last few years to learn more about him is totally okay. You're curious because you like this person and every once in a while you want an update on their life. I get it! Source: ShutterStock
DON'T Go OverboardBut... while it's normal to FB stalk once in a while, you shouldn't be making this a daily activity. You shouldn't sign on Facebook JUST to see what this person is doing. You shouldn't be staying up late to try to catch them online, or keeping your phone by you at all times to keep tabs on them. Just... once in a while, okay? Don't get crazy with this. That's when it gets unhealthy and obsessive. Source: ShutterStock
DO Like Some Of His PicturesIf you think he looks super cute in one or two (or five) of his pictures, don't be afraid to hit the Like button. Facebook flirting is the easiest kind of flirting and it's a fun way to be like, "hey cutie" without actually saying it, you know? Source: ShutterStock
DON'T Like A Picture From 2008Warning: be careful when looking through old pictures. You do not want to find yourself in a situation where you accidentally - or not-so-accidentally - like one of his super old pictures. You might as well write on his wall to say, "Hey, I'm stalking you right now!" Source: ShutterStock
DO Check Out His Profile To See What He's Up ToIf you want to know more about this dude or you just want to see what's been going on his life, obviously look at his profile. No big deal! Source: ShutterStock
DON'T Stalk Every Girl Who Likes His StuffBut don't get crazy here. It's one thing to look at his profile and it's another thing to start looking at every single like and comment and stalking each and every girl you notice. First of all, you're probably not going to be able to determine exactly what their relationship is via Facebook. Secondly, this is only going to make you feel crazy. People like things on Facebook. It doesn't always mean they like each other! Source: ShutterStock
DO Comment On His Stuff If You Like ItIf your crush makes a status that you want to comment on, go ahead! Isn't that what Facebook is for? Feel free to add to the conversation or just show your appreciation for what he's saying. That's not weird, it's friendly. Source: ShutterStock
DON'T Blow Up His PageThere is no need to like and comment every.single.thing this guy does. If he's constantly getting notifications about how you're liking and commenting on everything, he's probably going to be like, "Uh... what?" Just relax. Source: ShtuterStock
Do you ever Facebook stalk your crush? Have you ever done anything embarrassing when Facebook stalking? Tell us in the comments.