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Decode His Social Media Personality

by Maryann Pisano on April 6, 2015


The information presented in this website and the comments from Dr. Hughes are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or psychological disorder. The information presented is not a substitute for medical, psychological or psychiatric treatment. You are advised to seek professional medical and psychological help as necessary.


He likes your status:  This is someone who is likely interested in you.  Your status typically involves words and something personal.  By “liking” this, the guy is letting you know that he is reading what you are writing.  This is the social media conversational equivalent of having him actually listen to you when you tell him about your day.  Good stuff.

He likes your picture:  This is someone who may be drawn to the picture…and not really care that it is you who posted it.  Don’t get all excited if you see he likes your picture, no matter what it is of.  Men are visual by nature and even if he likes a really cute picture of you standing next to a car…he may be “liking” the picture for the car!

He adds you as a friend:  This is a big step in that he either accepted your invite or invited you on his own.  Particularly if he invites you, this shows interest.  To ask someone to “friend” you means he is taking the risk of being rejected.  And even though logically we know it shouldn’t be that big of a deal if you do not accept his friend request, you know it can feel like a big deal.

He writes on your wall:  This is someone who is interested in you; at least in the early stages.  By writing on someone’s wall, you are attempting to get their attention and open up a dialog.  This one event sets the stage for a conversation of sorts.  He writes, you “like” it, he comments, etc.

He re-tweets a joke:  Similar to “liking a picture”, don’t get too excited about this.  He is most likely responding to the joke and not to you.  Even if he retweets including your name, it could be more from laziness and not deleting the info then from caring about your name on his Twitter feed.

Dr. Carsi Hughes received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Northwestern University Medical School. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in adult psychopathology, clinical neuropsychology, and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Academic appointments include Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology and Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Studies at Dominican University.

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