7 habits of highly annoying couples
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Partners in Crime1 of 8
By Naomi Jaul
You know those couples: the ones posting gooey sweet-nothings on their beloved's Facebook wall, flaking on plans to stay in with their Pookie and using "we" in place of "I" every chance they get. Avoid the dark side of coupledom—and driving your friends crazy—with this guide to the seven most annoying habits of the loved-up and how to avoid them.
The Big Bail-Out2 of 8
The Offense: Bailing on plans is totally tempting when the couch, House of Cards and your cutie beckon. Thing is, the more you flake on your friends, the less often you'll be invited to fun stuff. And losing your buddies isn't worth a million seasons of Mad Men.
Be Cool: Everyone knows you're less available when you're in a relationship, but love doesn't give you license to be rude. Plus, having a life beyond your couple bubble makes your relationship stronger. When you make plans, stick to 'em—it's as simple as that.
A Case of the We's3 of 8
The Offense: Sometimes when you feel joined at the hip with your honey, your opinions become "our" opinions. So far, so good, but when every view starts with, "We think/tried/love/hate," the people who know you might wonder where their friend went.
Be Cool: Put yourself on "we" patrol and bring back the "I" when you notice it creeping smugly in—or enjoy watching your friends restrain yet another eye roll.
Plus One?4 of 8
The Offense: Assuming your partner is invited wherever you are is OK for big parties—not so much for wine and a Real Housewives marathon with your pals. If you respond to invitations with, "We'd love to come!" you could be unintentionally ruining your friends' plans to catch up with you—and only you.
Be Cool: No matter how much your friends like your fella, it's safer to assume that he's only automatically invited to parties. Otherwise, try a simple, "Is this a girl's night, or are we bringing the boys?"
Social Foreplay5 of 8
The offense: Endless selfies with your sweetheart on Instagram, Facebook status updates on how lucky you are to have found such a love, 140 characters filled with x’s on Twitter—these digital equivalents of love notes might be sweet for you two, but the rest of us are getting queasy.
Be Cool: Ask yourself why you need to make your love so public. Insecurity and plain old showing off shouldn't be the drivers for social sharing. Go back to the Post-Its to keep your love a little more private, and save the social media for special milestones.
Calendar Codependent6 of 8
The Offense: You think telling your friend you need to check with your man before committing to coffee is being responsible; she thinks you've entered Stepford Wife territory.
Be Cool: Sure, shared cars and commitments mean you often need to coordinate schedules with your partner, but all you need to tell your friends is that you'd love to, and you just need to check with your diary first—not with your man.
Major Mentionitis7 of 8
The Offense: You really like talking about your relationship. We get it. But when you find a way to turn every conversation around to your own experiences, everyone else gets really tired of the one-track chat.
Be Cool: No need to nix all talk of your relationship, but understand that as much as your friends are happy to listen to the ups and downs, they'd also like to talk about things other than whether his love of short-sleeved shirts is a deal-breaker.
Playing Matchmaker8 of 8
The Offense: You're happy, you want everyone else to be just as happy. So why are all your single friends avoiding you? Your aggressive matchmaking may be making them feel sub-par to your coupled-up state.
Be Cool: You know someone you think your friend would like—nice work! You know someone you think your friend should date because they need to date someone—no go. You might be happy in your relationship, but some people are perfectly happy single. And even if they're not, they don't want to be pressured into dating Brian from your office.
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