Social-Media Guilt: How To Deal

Illustrated by Sandy Ley.
Oh, social media. You are like a swan: so beautiful, but with a dark underbelly. Sometimes, our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and even online dating habits can put us in a tough spot. How do you handle that awkward friend request from your coworker? What do you do when someone writes a totally offensive comment on your timeline? When do you decide that it's time to delete your Aunt Carol, who seems to only post mushy notes, in all caps, on your Instagrams? The truth is that we endure these awkward, first-world problems because we feel so bad removing IRL affiliations from our online lives. Well, we've decided that's just gotta stop. Ahead, the fixes for eight all-too-common social-media mishaps.