Anyone who's ever been in a relationship knows that the opposite sex can be an enigma at times. Men and women are fundamentally so different from one another that it can sometimes be impossible for us to understand why the other is behaving the way they are.
As a woman, I know that we definitely can be beyond impossible to comprehend from time to time, but men, let's be honest, you're no better. From the way we think, to the way we act, to the things we do, these fundamental differences are what keep our relationships so interesting.
Now, don't take this article too seriously. It's based on my personal experience, and what holds true for me might not be true for you. It's not meant to be a generalization of guys or girls, as everyone is unique and different, but mostly just a comedic spin on the problems we can face in relationships.
Let's see how much we can relate. How many of these differences have you experienced in your personal relationships?
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Guys keep things lowkey on their social media, probably because most of them don't know how to take pictures
Girls post couple pics more frequently, sometimes excessively
Again, this has just been my personal experience, but it seems that guys tend to keep their relationships a lot more lowkey on their Instagram feeds than girls do. I'm guilty of being the kind of person to overshare and post pictures of my s/o every time we're together, and I see no shame in that.
Some people aren't into flexing their relationship, and there's also nothing wrong with that. The roles can just as easily be reversed, and dudes can overshare cheesy couple pics too, but from what I've seen, it tends to be the other way around.
At the end of the day, social media content really means nothing, as long as the two of you know you love one another. Your follower count doesn't need a monthly reminder of your anniversary, but if you wanna give it to them, you do you.
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Guys who actually celebrate anniversaries will plan something super elaborate for their S/O's
Girls will pretend we don't care about these things, but really, we do
Remember back in 2012 when it became a thing to put your relationship anniversary in your Instagram bio? We all couldn't wait to have a significant other so we could have those little numbers there as a reminder to the world that we're taken.
This is definitely different for every couple, but from what I've seen there are two extreme ends of the spectrum, some couples go all out and buy one another super elaborate presents and post online for every little monthaversary that they celebrate. Other couples only celebrate the big milestones, like being together for six months, or a year.
No matter how often they celebrate, it seems that when guys do choose to, they like to go all out and plan something extra special for their s/o. We girls can pretend we don't care all we want, but we always appreciate those things more than we let on.
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Guys end up being hurt later on, once the reality settles in
Girls are the ones who are initially hurt after the breakup
Let's face it, breakups aren't nice, but they're inevitable. No matter how you look at, you'll either end up breaking up with your current s/o, or spending the rest of your life with them; that's why it's so important to make sure the relationships you're investing your time and self in are worth it.
Girls, being typically emotionally driven creatures of habit, tend to feel the pain of a breakup first. We spend a few weeks wallowing in self-pity, eating too much chocolate, and pondering all the "what if"'s. Once we're past that, though, it's back to wearing less and going out more, as Drake would put it.
Guys, on the other hand seem to thrive for the first few weeks after a split. They're back on the market, and enjoying the opportunity they have to rediscover themselves and chase their next pursuit. Give it a few weeks, though, and the reality of the loss will hit them and then they'll be the ones suffering.
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Guys check up on this stuff, but rarely admit to it
Girls love to obsess over things like Snapchat streaks and Instagram followers
We all do it. You start talking to someone, and suddenly all their online activities are the most interesting thing in the world to you. Has their Snapchat streak gone up since they left you on read? Are you one of their best friends? Who have they followed on Instagram today? Who's that girl commenting on his photos?
As someone who's been there, I can say with confidence that this is one of the worst things you can do for your relationship. If you can't trust the person you're in a relationship with, then you definitely shouldn't be dating them. Constantly checking their location on Snapchat maps or obsessing over whose photo's they've liked won't help your piece of mind.
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Guys don't follow "texting etiquette"
Girls live and breathe "texting etiquette", and aren't afraid to be petty about it
We've all been told for years that guys are the ones who are supposed to text first. It's stupid, it makes no sense, and it's a perfect example of how gender stereotypes can be super unhealthy, but we still believe it. Girls will obsess over texting a man first, thinking that they seem too clingy/needy. It's 2017; you can text him first.
On the other hand, though, if we're gonna text men first, the least you can do is text us back. A lot of guys will use the excuse that they "suck at texting", but we've all heard that a million times, and we're over it. Stop playing games with one another; if someone takes 23 minutes to text you back, you don't need to take 24. Text someone if you want to text them, and if you're not interested, let them know instead of ghosting.
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Guys keep it to themselves or reach out to one or two close friends
Girls will mass send screenshot texts to their BFFs
Guys, if you think your girlfriend is the only lady in your relationship, you're probably wrong. It is likely that the conversation history in her group chat is largely composed of screenshots of your conversations that have been closely analyzed by the people she trusts the most. Any little thing you do, her friends probably know about.
I cannot confirm or deny this for sure, but I find it hard to believe that men would send one another screenshots of their conversations with their girlfriends to their boys. Who knows though, I could be wrong.
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Deciding where to Eat
Guys refuse to pick
Girls always use the classic "I don't know, you pick"
Some things never change. Why are we all so stubborn about this? How many stupid fights have stemmed from two people not being able to decide on a place to eat? Asking for a friend.